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    Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) WIPO Moves Forward With UDRP-squared
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 20 2001, @03:57AM

    WIPO has announced the full set of regional consultations for "WIPO2" -- its ambitious plan to further optimize the domain name system for intellectual property interests. An Interim Report is due April 9. WIPO will hold public meetings in April and May in Brussels, Accra, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Washington D.C. and Valencia, Spain. Although WIPO's publicity of these events leaves something to be desired, these meetings are worth going to if you can get to them. In the first WIPO process, the Interim Report took a trademark maximalist position that WIPO then scaled back -- a little -- in the face of withering public comment.

    Not all of the WIPO2 proposals are necessarily aimed at expanding the UDRP; some may seek to regulate domain names by other means instead, or also. WIPO's document "WIPO 2 RFC 2" explains just how broad WIPO's agenda is:
    The Second WIPO Process will explore, and develop findings and recommendations in relation to, issues raised in the DNS, inter alia, by bad faith, abusive, misleading or unfair use of:
    • personal names,
    • International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) for Pharmaceutical Substances,
    • names and acronyms of international intergovernmental organizations,
    • geographical indications, indications of source or geographical terms, and
    • tradenames.

    While ICANN is not obligated to accept WIPO's recommendations, and WIPO's first report on domain names recieved some criticism, it nonetheless heavily influenced ICANN's UDRP.

    You might also want to read a paper on flaws in the organization of first WIPO process -- flaws that mostly seem to be repeated or exacerbated in the WIPO 2 exercise.

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