Proceedings Brussels WIPO Internet Domain Name Process meeting

Subject: Proceedings Brussels WIPO Internet Domain Name Process meeting
From: Emanuella Giavarra (
Date: ti 06 loka   1998 - 15:04:27 EEST

Brussels Regional Consultation (September 29, 1998)

The second regional consultation in the framework of the WIPO Internet
Domain Name Process was held in Brussels on September 29, 1998. The
consultation was organized with the support of the European Commission.

The meeting was attended on behalf of WIPO by Francis Gurry, Legal
Counsel and David Muls, Senior Legal Officer, Electronic Commerce
Section, Office of Legal and Organization Affairs. The panel of experts,
which is to assist WIPO in its work, was represented by Harald
Alvestrand (Area Director for Operations and Management, Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF)), Geert Glas (Chair, INTA Internet
Sub-Committee), Boudewijn Nederkoorn (Chairman, RIPE CENTR), and Maryse
Philbert (Director, Trademarks Department Synthelabo).

Remarks by the European Commission were presented by Mr. Paul
Waterschoot, Director, Directorate General XV/E.

The presentations and open discussions covered the four main topics to
be addressed by the WIPO Internet Domain Name Process: dispute
prevention, dispute resolution, protection of famous and well-known
marks, and introduction of new gTLDs. The table below lists those who
made presentations or interventions during the course of the meeting.
Issues that attracted particular attention were the requirement that
payment be made of the registration fee before the activation of a
domain name registration, the role of alternative dispute resolution for
domain name conflicts not involving cyberpiracy, the desirability of
establishing separate protection mechanisms for famous and well-known
trademarks, and the need for clear differentiation of new gTLDs.

A recording was made of the proceedings. The transcript will shortly be
made available to the public on the WIPO website, at, under the section "Consultations."

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