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Day: March 12, 2018

WIPO Cybersquatting Cases Reach New Record in 2017

Geneva, March 14, 2018PR/2018/815
Three industries – banking & finance, fashion, & internet & IT – accounted for nearly one-third of all cybersquatting disputes handled by WIPO’s Arbitration & Mediation Center in 2017 as trademark owners filed an all-time high of 3,074 WIPO cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). (Annexes 1 & 4 )
Cybersquatting disputes relating to new generic Top-Level Domain names (New gTLDs) accounted for more than 12% of WIPO’s 2017 caseload, which in total covered 6,370 names.  Of all New gTLDs, registrations in .STORE, .SITE, & .ONLINE were the most-commonly disputed. (Annex 2 ). With the addition in 2017 of .EU (European Union) & .SE (Sweden), 76 Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) registries have now designated WIPO’s dispute resolution service, & ccTLDs accounted for some 17% of WIPO filings in 2017.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said:  “By abusing trademarks in the Domain Name System, cybersquatting undermines legitimate commerce & harms consumers.  This is true especially where squatters use domain names to offer counterfeit goods or for phishing, as is seen in numerous WIPO cases.  The availability of the highly effective UDRP procedure is an indispensable support for the credibility of commerce on the Internet and for protection against fraudulent practices.” The U.S. remained the country where most WIPO UDRP cases originated, with 920 cases filed in 2017, followed by France (462), the U.K. (276), Germany (222), & Switzerland (143). (Annex 3). In total, parties from 112 countries were involved in case filings in 2017. In 2017,…

Request for Proposal: ICANN’s Open Data Platform

LOS ANGELES – 12 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting proposals to identify a provider to supply an Open Data Platform in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS). The Open Data Platform will be used by ICANN to publish as much of its data as possible with open licensing and open API access.
The objective of this project is to provide open data on a range of subjects in a reliable and machine-readable form to download & process. The Open Data Platform will be a source system used by those in the ICANN organization & ICANN community who wish to tell a story with data, or provide insights and analysis of data. However, such work is not expected to take place on the Open Data Platform itself.
ICANN is seeking to identify a provider to develop this system based on ICANN’s requirements,…

From Pilots to Kickoff: The Open Data Initiative

For an introduction to this project, please consult the ICANN Open Data Initiative page. ICANN’s Open Data Initiative produced a number of early pilots as part of an exercise in making data available via both an application program interface (API) & online, interactive tools. These pilots were open for feedback and allowed researchers and the community to access data in convenient formats, as well as a set of tools to interpret & visualize the data. The early pilots were all based on the same data sets, but each of them were implemented through different tools & approaches.
The early pilots were available for a limited time, with the goal of the pilots to generate discussion & providing feedback on the future course of the Open Data Initiative.
In general, the feedback was positive. However, the number of respondents was low, likely due to the lack of engagement & marketing that usually goes…

Co-Chairs Statement from CCWG-Accountability Meeting in San Juan

On 9 March 2018, the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) held a face-to-face meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to further its discussions on Work Stream 2. Sixty-two members and participants attended in-person & remotely using the virtual meeting room. As a part of Work Stream 1, the CCWG-Accountability defined areas where further accountability discussions needed to take place. These discussions, called Work Stream 2, have been underway since June 2016. The purpose of Work Stream 2 is to disseminate the new accountability principles into several key parts of ICANN’s day-to-day operations and to develop a culture of accountability across the ICANN Community, Organization, and Board. During the meeting the CCWG-Accountability:
Approved the second reading of the final recommendations on Diversity.
Approved the second reading of the final recommendations on Jurisdiction.
Approved the second reading of the final recommendations on the Office of the Ombudsman.
Approved the second reading…

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