Comments on WIPO Interim Report on the management of Internet names and addresses: intellectual property issues (RFC-3)

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on Intellectual Property
    Publication date : 18/03/1999 | Document Number : 450/895

    ICC appreciates the work being done by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to develop recommendations regarding intellectual property issues associated with Internet domain names and is pleased to have this opportunity to comment on The Management of Internet Names and Addresses: Intellectual Property Issues Report (RFC-3).

    Intellectual property will play a crucial role in electronic commerce. Brand names and trading styles, in particular, are markers of trust in electronic commerce and must be taken into account in the domain name registration system to reduce the scope of fraud and confusion of the public.

    WIPO and its Panel of Experts have created a thoughtful and comprehensive paper that contains many excellent recommendations for resolving the growing problems between domain name registrations and intellectual property rights.

    With respect to the many other recommendations and requests for further comment throughout the report, ICC offers section-by-section comments in numerical order, which correspond to the original paragraph numbers in RFC-3.