2014 marked a major turning point in domain naming on the Internet: the arrival of new top-level domain names (new TLDs such as .luxury, .paris, .web, etc.) means as many business opportunities as threats for trademark proprietors.
The revolution means companies must rethink their branding strategies on the Internet, and raises a number of practical issues:
- How to address the opportunities and threats implied by arrival of the new TLDs.
- What protection and defense strategy to adopt for domain names.
- How to manage brand / domain name assets on the global level.
- What geoTLD strategy to adopt: the example of .paris.
- How to integrate the new gTLDs in a naming policy.
- How to use the new domain names for SEO purposes.
- Internet naming in the future: after the domain name.
The conference provides an opportunity to answer users’ questions and for Fidal (www.fidal.fr) to present their analysis of the results of the “domain name” survey with their customers.
- Philippe Boutron – Lawyer, Associate Director, FIDAL;
- Alexandre Nappey – Lawyer, Accredited Panelist for WIPO and FIDAL;
- Amy Repp – Director of Sales and Marketing, Donuts Inc;
- Jean-Philippe Clément – Special Adviser, ICT and innovation, Paris City Hall;
- Émilie Turbat – Director of Sales, Afnic;
- Amaury Grimbert – President, OP3FT – Frogans Project.
Tuesday 10, June 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00
Salon d’honneur du Palais Brongniart
8 Place de la Bourse
Paris 2ème arrondissement
Entry free, registration required.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.