Domain Name Disputes Post-GDPR: Navigating URS, UDRP With Reduced Access to Information

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will guide IP counsel on domain name dispute mechanisms and the impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on these mechanisms. The panel will examine the domain name dispute process in light of reduced access to information that has been traditionally used. The panel will also discuss developing and implementing a successful domain name enforcement strategy considering the restraints of the GDPR.


The GDPR established new rules regarding the control and processing of personally identifiable information. One consequence of the GDPR is that domain registrars can no longer publish the name and contact information for domain name registrants unless they get the registrant’s express consent.

GDPR restrictions are a serious problem for brand owners and others who use the WHOIS database to identify malicious domains and research infringement claims. Although the GDPR creates obstacles for domain name enforcement, there are still options out there.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the various rights protection mechanisms, including the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP), and discusses the impact of the GDPR on these mechanisms. The panel will offer guidance on navigating domain name disputes and discuss strategies for developing and implementing successful domain name enforcement protocols in light of the restraints of the GDPR.



  1. Impact of GDPR on domain name dispute resolution mechanisms
  2. Navigating the domain name dispute process
  3. Domain name enforcement strategies in a GDPR world


The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • What impact does the GDPR have on domain name disputes?
  • How do the changes ICANN has made to the WHOIS system affect mark owners’ ability to navigate the URS or UDRP?
  • What alternatives do IP owners have for identifying and investigating malicious domains and infringers?


Agnello, Thomas
Thomas A. Agnello

Michael Best & Friedrich

Mr. Agnello focuses on the acquisition, enforcement, and litigation of intellectual property rights, particularly...  |  Read More

Jekel, Jon
Jon Jekel

Fish & Richardson

Mr. Jekel focuses primarily on copyright and trademark, including brand consulting, clearance analysis, domestic and...  |  Read More

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