Challenging Unfavorable ICANN Objection and Application Decisions

Leveraging the Appeals Process and Courts to Overcome ICANN Determinations Absent Guidance

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Conducted on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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This CLE course will discuss the avenues of appeal for objection and application decisions by ICANN. The panel will offer best practices for challenging unfavorable ICANN determinations.


As ICANN makes determinations about the applications for website domains, some applicant businesses' decisions face objections and rejections. Counsel to companies seeking to challenge those decisions must understand best practices to pursue appeals.

With little clear guidance on the appeals process, counsel should carefully assess the most realistic options for appeal and keep in mind several considerations as it navigates the appeals of objection and other adverse application decisions.

Counsel to businesses seeking to establish a new domain must understand the appropriate avenues for appeal, as well as the standards of deference applied, in pursuing challenges of unfavorable decisions.

Listen as our authoritative panel of trademark attorneys examines the appeals process for both objection and application decisions by ICANN and offers best practices for challenging unfavorable decisions.



  1. Challenging objection decisions
  2. Challenging application decisions
    1. Based on applications themselves
    2. Based on ICANN’s accepting GAC advice which affects application’s outcome or significantly alters the intended business plan
  3. Best practices


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What avenues of appeal are available when companies receive an unfavorable decision from ICANN?
  • What are the key considerations for counsel when appealing an ICANN decision?
  • What are the best sources for sound practices for counsel appealing an ICANN objection or rejection?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Paul D. McGrady, Jr.
Paul D. McGrady, Jr.

Winston & Strawn

Mr. McGrady works with clients in the adoption, prosecution, licensing and enforcement of trademarks in the United...  |  Read More

Marc H. Trachtenberg
Marc H. Trachtenberg

Winston & Strawn

Mr. Trachtenberg focuses his practice in domain name, Internet, social media, marketing, advertising, promotions,...  |  Read More

Robert H. Newman
Robert H. Newman

Winston & Strawn

Mr. Newman advises clients on all aspects of their communications with the public, the commercialization and...  |  Read More

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