05/10/2016 – Main conclusions of oriGIn panel discussion on the “Challenges for GIs and country names in the Internet domain names’ environment”

From the different presentations, it emerged that:

  • Protecting GIs and country names in generic Top-Level-Domains (gTLDs) is a challenging task in terms of time, resources and knowledge. Providing all IPRs holders and beneficiaries with effective tools to fight the growing illegal use of geographical names as second level domains is therefore crucial (trademark owners have already the possibility to benefit from the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy – UDRP);
  • country code Top-Level-Domains (ccTLDs) that recognize GIs, like trademarks and other IPRs, as a valid title to activate dispute resolution mechanisms, do it in a simple and effective way.

In the following months, oriGIn will continue to work towards the full recognition of GIs as a valid title to active the UDRP in gTLDs.

Please find all presentations delivered during the panel discussion here


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