Comments related to WHOIS final report
We would like to weigh in on the proposed changes to WHOIS. We are intellectual property attorneys that have been practicing for approximately 16 and 15 years, respectively. We use WHOIS information almost daily in our practice. It is critical that we can ascertain a domain name owner and information about such owner in our evaluation of client's trademark rights. Further, as there are commerce implications to the use of domain names, there is always a risk that the public at large will be deceived or confused, that the rights of trademark-owners will be harmed, or that unfair competitive acts will be engaged in. It is critical that the general public have access to the accurate identity of the owner of any given domain name or an authorized agent who has such owner's power of attorney and can receive and respond to legal correspondence for such owner. Such information should be available through public resources, just as are the names and contact information for licensed and registered commercial businesses and their owners--and the names and contact information for the owners of registered trademarks and copyrights. As such, and for the reasons well stated by the Intellectual Property Constituency ("IPC") in Section 13.3 of the Final Report, we, too, voice our concern and objections regarding the Task Force's proposal. Thank you for your consideration. Robert C. Cumbow, Attorney, e-mail: RCumbow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Kathleen T. Petrich, Attorney, e-mail: KPetrich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:KPetrich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Graham & Dunn PC Pier 70 2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98121-1128 T: 206.624.8300 (main reception) F: 206.340.9599 Web site: www.grahamdunn.com <http://www.grahamdunn.com/> CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE This email message may be protected by the attorney/client privilege, work product doctrine or other confidentiality protection. If you believe that it has been sent to you in error, do not read it. Please reply to the sender that you have received the message in error, and then delete it. Thank you.