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The Great Debate Over Domain Name Disputes
Internet law experts debate controversial domain name arbitration topics for your information and enjoyment.

Jan 31, 2023 09:30 AM in Vancouver

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Daniel M. Anthony
Counsel @Smart & Biggar
Specializing in all aspects of trademark and copyright law, Daniel has a talent for connecting with clients and bringing clarity and efficiency to their most complex issues. In his IP law practice, Daniel regularly advises clients, ranging from SMEs to fortune 500 companies, in the areas of trademarks and copyright law, including registration, strategic management, ownership and control, licensing and enforcement. He is also one of Canada’s leading experts in intellectual property issues relating to the Internet, social media and domain names and is sought out for his success in removing infringing content from the Internet quickly and efficiently, regardless of jurisdiction. Daniel has 15 years’ experience as a litigator, including cases involving trademarks, copyright and domain names. He has appeared as counsel before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Ontario Superior Court. Daniel has been published extensively, is regularly called on as a speaker within the profession
Douglas M. Isenberg, Esq.
@The GigaLaw Firm
An attorney and founder of The GigaLaw Firm, Doug Isenberg is a recognized leader on Internet law; a domain name panelist; and a frequent author and speaker on Internet legal issues. He has also served as an adjunct professor of computer and cyberspace law. The World Trademark Review has said that Doug is “a whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names” (World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015 edition); and the Atlanta Business Chronicle has called him an “international authority on Internet law” (September 22, 2006). He is included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for technology law. Doug has worked with clients on domain name transactions and disputes since 1996 and today represents some of the world’s largest and best-known brands with respect to their Internet legal matters — including the largest complaint ever filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which resulted in an order transferring 1,519 domain names!
Michelle Easton
@Gowling WLG's
Michelle Easton is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the intellectual property department. Focusing on trademark law for the past sixteen years, Michelle specializes in all areas, including trademark searching, prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings, litigation, licensing and opinion work. Much of Michelle's practice relates to the management of trademark portfolios for national and international companies in a variety of fields. She also coordinates the securing and protection of foreign trademark portfolios in many jurisdictions worldwide. Michelle is also experienced with Internet-related intellectual property issues including registration and enforcement of domain names and advising on and conducting domain name disputes before ICANN and other administrative tribunals.
Zak Muscovitch
@Muscovitch Law Firm
Zak Muscovitch, the principal of The Muscovitch Law Firm, has been practising Internet law since 1999, for clients all over Canada and the world. He is the author of numerous articles on a wide range of legal topics, and is often consulted by the media on legal topics of current interest. He is a registered Trade-mark Agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Zak has been interviewed regarding technology, domain and Internet law cases of national interest. Muscovitch was the founder and publisher of Domain Name Law Reports - a volunteer organization that helped lawyers research Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy and cases.
Barry Penner, KC
Managing Director @CIIDRC & VanIAC
Mr. Penner is the Managing Director of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC), a not-for-profit dispute resolution organization based in Vancouver, Canada. During his 16 years as an elected member of the Legislature in British Columbia, Canada (1996-2012), Mr. Penner represented the public in a variety of roles. His responsibilities included serving as Attorney General for British Columbia, Minister of Environment and Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation. Mr. Penner’s private-sector experience includes working in Southeast Asia as Senior Counsel with Myanmar Legal Services Limited, assisting with inbound investment particularly in telecommunications and energy. He has also worked with a law firm in Bangkok as Senior Counsel for what is now DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in their Vancouver office, from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Penner is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).