AGIP Participates in ICANN Meeting in Vancouver, Canada

01 Dec 2005

VANCOUVER - "Significant progress was made towards the launch of a global Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) test bed," said Mr. Charles Sha’ban, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) executive director during the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 24th International Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, November 30 - December 4, 2005.
In his presentation on Internationalized (multilingual) Domain Names (IDNs), at the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) and the country-code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) meetings, on December 1, Mr. Sha’ban discussed several vital points concerning IDNs with special focus on intellectual property protection including the protection of famous trademarks.

"Spoofing and phishing, cyber squatting, protection of famous trademarks, translation and transliteration, as well as dispute resolution procedures are among several legal challenges that face trademark owners in the field of IDNs," Mr. Sha’ban pointed out.
"Multilingual trademarks are protected either by transliteration or translation," he stated, "or through the international laws that are capable of providing protection for multilingual trademarks, in particular, the international treaties such as the Paris Convention, TRIPS, Trademark Law Treaty, and the Madrid Protocol," he added.
Meanwhile, during the ccNSO meeting, Mr. Hiro Hotta (from Japan Registry Services) and Mr. Sha’ban were assigned to liaise with the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) to study IDN related issues and report back with their recommendations to the ccNSO council and members.

During the ICANN meeting, productive discussion took place between ICANN’s Board of Directors and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) concerning several matters, including the postponing of the .xxx domain and the implementation of the WIPO II recommendations.
The week’s meeting culminated in ICANN’s Board of Directors public voting and approval of a resolution to enter into negotiations relating to the proposed commercial and technical terms of the .ASIA sponsored top level domain (sTLD) with the applicant.
In addition, the Board approved the following resolutions relating to ICANN’s structural reform:
• An adoption of the terms of reference to be used in the review of the GNSO, consistent with ICANN’s bylaws which provide for independent review of each supporting organization.
• Acknowledgment and posting for comment the recommendations by the ccNSO for changes to the ICANN bylaws applicable to the ccNSO to improve and clarify areas in relation to membership.
• Removal of restrictions relating to expense categories involving DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) deployment, At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) projects, translation, facilitation of regional meetings and establishment of regional presences.
• Adoption of changes to the bylaws to improve the certification process for At-Large structures.
Members of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee, Internet country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) managers, business leaders, registrar and registry groups, non-commercial Internet users, intellectual property holders and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from across the region and the world were present at this meeting.
The next ICANN meeting is to be held in Wellington, New Zealand, March 2006.




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