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 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.