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Name: Rémi Mulemba
Date: 19 Apr 2022
Affiliation: UNIFAB - Union des Fabricants
Other Comments

UNIFAB - Union Des Fabricants is the French association for the promotion and protection of intellectual property rights. The association is today composed of around 200 members (companies, professional federtations) representing very diverse sectors of activity as well as different sizes.

UNIFAB thanks the ICANN community for the opportunity given to highlight some topics of interest regarding the UDRP policy status report.

After consulting our members on this topic, we can share that even though the UDRP provides trademark holders with quite a quick and cost-effective mechanism for resolving domain names disputes, this system can be further developed and strengthened. Indeed and especially for geographical indications - type of rights that are unfortunately not considered as prior IP rights before ICANN - where the use of usual IP rights protection mechanisms on the Internet (such as UDRP) remains limited. That said, the UDRP process could be harmonized for all IP rights in order to ensure an effective protection of the latter on the Internet.

We remain at ICANN's disposal should it need any further inputs from us or our members.

Summary of Submission

UNIFAB - Union Des Fabricants is the French association for the promotion and protection of intellectual property rights. The association is today composed of around 200 members (companies, professional federtations) representing very diverse sectors of activity as well as different sizes.

UNIFAB thanks the ICANN community for the opportunity given to highlight some topics of interest regarding the UDRP policy status report.

After consulting our members on this topic, we can share that even though the UDRP provides trademark holders with quite a quick and cost-effective mechanism for resolving domain names disputes, this system can be further developed and strengthened. Indeed and especially for geographical indications - type of rights that are unfortunately not considered as prior IP rights before ICANN - where the use of usual IP rights protection mechanisms on the Internet (such as UDRP) remains limited. That said, the UDRP process could be harmonized for all IP rights in order to ensure an effective protection of the latter on the Internet.

We remain at ICANN's disposal should it need any further inputs from us or our members.