The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) is hosting a member-only event that I think will be of interest to domain investors, myself included. Georges Nahitchevansky, an Intellectual Property Attorney at the Kilpatrick Townsend law firm. Notably, Mr. Nahitchevansky is also a UDRP panelist who has served on several notable UDRP cases, including the recent Picture.com decision.
The virtual ICA member event will be held on June 9, 2021 from 12:30 pm ET to 2:00 pm ET via Zoom. The format of this event will be a discussion with ICA General Counsel Zak Muscovitch, who has represented many clients in the defense of their domain names.
The UDRP is a tool that brand owners have to wrest control of domain names owned by third parties. Domain names owned by investors have been involved in many UDRP proceedings. While the vast majority of UDRP filings involve clear cases of infringement, the low bar to file a UDRP has made it possible for complainants to file abusive UDRPs for valuable domain name assets.
I think this is going to be an enlightening discussion, particularly because investors do not typically have an opportunity to hear from an attorney with Mr. Nahitchevansky’s expertise. I hope there will be an opportunity for domain investors to submit questions to Mr. Nahitchevansky. I appreciate that he is willing to participate in a session like this, and I am looking forward to attending.