The ADNDRC (Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre) Conference took place on 11 September 2019 in Shenzhen, the People's Republic of China. The Conference was well-attended by domain name and trade mark practitioners, in-house legal counsels, academics and INTA and ICANN representatives.
Since its inaugural conference in 2005, the ADNDRC Conference has provided a unique forum for participants to exchange views on hot topics in the domain name world, especially from an Asian perspective.
This year's theme focused on managing domain names and trade marks in the digital world. Some of the topics discussed at the Conference included:
- Substantive and procedural issues in domain name complaints, e.g. language of complaints; relaxation of 2-year time bar in .CN domain name complaints.
- How GDPR has impacted on brand owners' domain name strategies.
- Increasing jurisprudence of Chinese court cases appealed from domain name complaint decisions; and increasing recognition given by Chinese courts to these decisions.
- Prediction on the next round of new gTLDs.
- Introduction of specific online dispute resolution systems to resolve IP disputes in e-commerce platforms and commercial disputes relating to the Belt and Road initiatives.
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