Trademarks and Brands

Diane Plaut and Brian Conchuratt

Diane is Global GC and Global Head of HR at Corsearch, responsible for addressing the day-to-day legal matters of the company, putting into place sound legal policies for the company, and creating and implementing best in class Human Resources platforms, systems, policies and practices to help employees achieve success. As a cross-functional business partner and Executive Team member, Diane is committed to supporting all business functions and to the overall strategic direction and expansion plans for Corsearch. Brian is Director of Digital Brand Solutions at Corsearch, where he spearheads the development of corporate domain management and brand protection services, setting the long-term vision for the group. 



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Reporting the latest - ICANN’s Temporary Specification

by Diane Plaut and Brian Conchuratt on Friday, 18 May, 2018

Yesterday the ICANN Board adopted a Temporary Specification for GDPR compliance, pursuant to the procedure under ICANN’s Registry Agreements and Registrar Accreditation Agreement. The action puts into place a policy process to consider the development and adoption of a consensus policy to be conducted within the maximum of a one-year time frame allowed for a Temporary Specification (renewable by the Board at 90-day intervals for up to a year).

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Topics: ICANN, domains, WHOIS, GDPR

GDPR and WHOIS: What Will Happen to Key Information as of May 25—Likely Blackout Period and Corsearch Solutions

by Diane Plaut and Brian Conchuratt on Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

The implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and its potential impact on right holders’ access to full WHOIS data has been a very topical issue for our clients. We have been carefully monitoring the discussion and proposals surrounding this issue, from a company perspective and as part of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, the IAPP recent Global Privacy Summit, INTA, and from listening, as always, to our clients. The requirements and interpretation of the GDPR and the ability to continue to access full, publicly available information through the WHOIS system is under review by ICANN. At the recent ICANN 61 meeting in San Juan, it became clear that a resolution to this issue will not be imminent.

The need and right to access and use this information for legitimate interests by intellectual property and trademark owners in enforcing rights against third-party alleged infringers of trademarks and content or in relation to bad faith domain registration, is the essential issue to us. ICANN published an Interim Compliance Model and a “Cookbook” to arrive at possible solutions to the WHOIS access issues. Nonetheless, there is substantial conflict amongst interest groups and gaps in the ICANN Interim Model regarding key elements including, layered/tiered access and the establishment of an accreditation program (with a lack of agreement on the enforcement body and process for the proposed, author-supported, accreditation program). Due to this present conflict in resolution drivers, there will likely be a blackout period, which is due to subsist for six months or more, with the possibility that the accreditation program will not be in place until Q1 2019.

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Topics: domain management


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