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Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP)

Please note that the English language version of all translated content and documents are the official versions and that translations in other languages are for informational purposes only.

The PICDRP addresses complaints that a Registry may not be complying with the Public Interest Commitment(s) in Specification 11 of their Registry Agreement.

Members of the current PICDRP Standing Panel:

Seated September 2014

  • Dr. Christopher To, Hong Kong, is a Chartered Information Technology Professional, a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited Mediator, a Law Professor and is currently the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-East Asia Branch. He has over 20 years experience in handling and resolving disputes
  • Mr. David JA Cairns, Spain, is a partner in a legal firm in Madrid specializing in international dispute resolution. He has extensive experience in trademark disputes involving domain names, including disputes pursuant to the ‭UDRP‬, the new ‭gTLD‬ program, and in arbitrations pursuant to ‭WIPO‬'s Expedited Arbitration Rules
  • Mr. Richard Hill, Switzerland, has been involved in the technical, legal, and governance aspects of the Internet since the mid 1990s. He has been a ‭UDRP‬ arbitrator since the inception of the ‭UDRP‬.

Seated June 2015

  • Dr. Kevin P. Newmeyer, United States, is a consultant on cybersecurity, defense, and public policy issues in the Washington, DC area. He has extensive experience with development and implementation of cyber policy in the Americas with the Organization of American States and individual governments. He has more than thirty years of professional experience in academic, government, private sector, and international organizations.
  • Ms. Megan H. Stifel, United States, is an experienced cybersecurity and operations attorney and policy professional. She spent 8 years with the U.S. Department of Justice advising on a range of criminal and national security matters involving the Internet as well as Internet governance.
  • Mr. Reynaldo Urtiaga, Mexico, is a law professor, arbitrator, and counsel, with substantial experience interpreting international contracts, policies, and regulations, as well as adjudicating transnational business-to-business (B2B) disputes over goods, information technology services, intellectual property rights, among other subjects. He has resolved over 100 ‭UDRP‬ cases as ‭WIPO‬ Panelist since 2003.
  • Mr. Scott R. Austin, United States, has broad expertise in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement disputes in federal courts and before administrative tribunals such as the International Trade Commission (ITC) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), as well as domain name ‭UDRP‬ proceedings, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) content disputes, and disputes involving antitrust, Internet law and ‭ICANN‬ policy and governance. Mr. Austin has programming and media law background helpful to the technology transactions aspect of his practice, which includes Software as a Service (SaaS), technology licensing, privacy, First Amendment, publicity rights, and data security counseling.
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."