Internet Governance

Policy decisions concerning the structure, mechanics, and organization of the Internet can have tremendous import for businesses large and small. Working with and through the international multi-stakeholder bodies responsible for Internet governance, our lawyers have helped clients understand and indeed shape the future of the Internet.

Starting in 2011, when ICANN's new generic Top-Level Domain program was in its nascent form, our lawyers have advised clients on the implications of expanding the Internet beyond the .com universe.

On behalf of Fortune 500 clients, our lawyers regularly advised and lobbied many different ICANN constituent bodies, such as the Governmental Advisory Committee and Intellectual Property Constituency, on such important matters are trademark protection, rights protection mechanisms, and effective methods of domain name dispute resolution. In one form or another, we advised, negotiated associated services agreements, and prosecuted approximately 200 gTLD applications submitted to ICANN.

Unlike traditional lawyers, we draw not only on legal but also technical backgrounds, and therefore have corresponding experience with matters involving the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the ability to interact with often-overlooked components of ICANN such as the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), whose deliberations throughout 2016 could have far-reaching implications for companies interested in submitting new or additional gTLD applications.