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WHOIS, GDPR and ICANN: Policing and Protecting IP Rights Post-GDPR

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

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Conducted on Thursday, November 14, 2019

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This CLE course will guide IP and brand counsel on the WHOIS system and brand protection after the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The panel will examine the impact of the GDPR and offer best practices on protecting brands during this period of uncertainty.


GDPR, which went into effect in 2018, expanded the circumstances to which EU data protection law applies to companies outside the EU and subjects organizations that do business in the EU or transfer personal data outside of the EU with increased responsibilities and obligations concerning privacy and data protection.

Until GDPR, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) required domain name registrars and certain registry operators to collect and make available domain name registration information via WHOIS lookup. Following the implementation of GDPR, ICANN’s new rules hamper the ability of brand owners and others in using WHOIS searches to identify malicious domains and research infringement claims and protect their IP rights on the internet.

ICANN has attempted to resolve the issues through changes in its system, with more changes on the way. But the net affect at this point in time is that IP owners have limited access to useful data and some say ICANN has over-complied with GDPR making the situation for brand owners worse. IP owners and their counsel must navigate the domain name landscape under GDPR to find ways to police and protect IP rights.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the impact of GDPR on brand protection and what IP owners and counsel can do now that GDPR is in place. The program will discuss the impact of GDPR on the WHOIS system and what changes are still ahead. The panel will offer guidance for brand owners/counsel on policing their trademarks online and protecting their brands during this period of uncertainty.



  1. Impact of the GDPR on brand protection
  2. WHOIS system post-GDPR
  3. Best practices for protecting their brands post-GDPR


The panel will review these and other high profile issues:

  • What are the consequences of the implementation of GDPR on WHOIS?
  • What changes has ICANN made to the WHOIS system in light of GDPR?
  • What alternatives do IP owners have for investigating malicious domains and infringers?


McGrady, Paul
Paul D. McGrady, Jr.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister

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

Silver, Bradley
Bradley Silver
Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

Mr. Silver heads the company's IP practice and is responsible for clearing, protecting and enforcing IP assets...  |  Read More

Williams, Todd
Todd D. Williams
IP Counsel

Mr. Williams is IP Counsel at Stripe. As part of his role, he leads the company’s digital-enforcement and...  |  Read More

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