Litigation under the .fr, creating new extensions : an AFNIC update for Unifab
December 3, 2012
To raise corporate awareness about protecting domain names, Afnic hosted an information update on the issue at Unifab. Highlights:
On November 20, Unifab – the French Bureau for the international protection of intellectual property – organized a commission meeting on the protection of domain names with an information update from Afnic. Designed for businesses and professional circles wishing to protect their domain names better in their efforts to combat counterfeiting, those attending the meeting heard talks by two Afnic spokespersons:
- Isabel Toutaud – Director of Legal Affairs and Registry Policy at Afnic – who spoke on litigation management for domain names with the .fr extension. Ms Toutaud introduced the Syreli dispute resolution system in particular.
- Loïc Damilaville – Deputy Director in charge of Strategy at Afnic – gave a progress report on the process concerned in creating new extensions, and in particular on all the issues related to the protection of the intellectual property involved
Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association created in 1997. Appointed by the State to manage domain names under the .fr TLD, it promotes use of the namespace by entrepreneurs and individuals. As the incumbent manager of the .fr TLD with more than 2.9 million domain names in the .fr namespace to date, it is also positioned as a provider of technical solutions and registry services: it currently manages 14 projects for new gTLDs, including .paris and .bzh. Afnic is located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, where its staff of 80 works for the common good of the French Internet.
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