RE: [bc-gnso] Update on TM Rights Protection Mechanisms Negotiations
Well done, Zahid and Steve. Great bridge-building! Nice to see success in an area where we have traditionally seen personality clashes and contentiousness. Finding common ground is the baseline at ICANN and this demonstration of it is a pleasure to see. Kind regards, RA Ronald N. Andruff RNA Partners, Inc. 220 Fifth Avenue, 20th floor New York, New York 10001 www.rnapartners.com V: +1 212 481 2820 x 11 F: +1 212 481 2859 _____ From: owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-bc-gnso@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Zahid Jamil Sent: 2009-10-28 11:14 To: 'bc - GNSO list' Subject: [bc-gnso] Update on TM Rights Protection Mechanisms Negotiations Today the 3 days of off line negotiations and reaching out to the ALAC and NCSG on the issue of the IRT Report and the RPMs were successful. 3 hours of discussion (with the help of the ALAC- Alan and Cheryl) on Monday with NCSG reps (Kathryn Kleiman and Konstantinos Komaitis) followed by discussions through yesterday were successful in providing background and a context to the BC position on the IRT Report. Initially on the Council list the NCSG had indicated and unwillingness of the IRT being available as a resource. Summary of points for discussion that were discussed were (subject to them being taken back to the NCSG): Welcome the IRT and other resources being available to the GNSO Working Group working on the Board's letter regarding the RPMs (ie. STI review team). At the session on Thursday (today) express the willingness that NCSG had for reaching out constructively to the GNSO community (language discussed included reaching common ground). The GNSO passed a Resolution today with the support of the NCSG stating: The assistance of members of the IRT in answering questions about the IP Clearinghouse and Uniform Rapid Suspension System recommendations may be useful to this work. The GNSO Council requests that members of the IRT who worked on those recommendations be available to answer any such questions that may arise; I believe that possibly a more integral part than the discussion with Kathy in achieving this was the efforts of members from other Constituency(s) that may have helped mediate this resolution through. In today's session on Trademark Protection and new gTLDs (transcript attached): Kathy responded positively and at the end of her first intervention stated: '....we in the NCUC want to work with you. We want to establish common ground, and we wish the best of luck for all of us in this expedited process.' She even went as far as saying in regards the IRT URS recommendation for Appeal: '.....and I have to say it, and I guess I'm on the record, the IRT kind of got this one right and let's go back to that.' This was met with equal good will by CSG members: J. Scott, now President of the IPC said: 'I worked with Kathy Kleiman, and we drafted the UDRP final version with Louis Touton and a group of other talented people, many of whom are here today................We just want to solve a problem. That's what we're here to do. We want to work with registries, registrars, NCUC. That's what we're here for. We're problem solvers. We want to solve the problem. Thank you for the opportunity, and we look forward to working together in the near future. Zahid Jamil BC Councillor said: 'First of all, I would like to acknowledge and thank Kathy for the NCUC's constructive invitation to work with goodwill. We look forward to the sentiment continuing in the GNSO. So thank you for that..........' With respect to several aspects of the IRT Solutions it seems that NCSG and BC may be able to find common ground. I am sure there must have been much discussion in the NCSG itself about taking these positions after discussing matters with the BC and other individuals. So Kudos to Kathy and Kostantino for achieving success for not letting down our discussions from Monday for which I have thanked them. Efforts of Alan and Cheryl to set up some of the atmosphere for the interaction also helped. Also in other private discussions this evening with some ALAC reps it seems that there may be even more common ground possible with the BC positions. This sentiment seems to have created an atmosphere which may enable some parties with divergent views reaching consensus on some aspects at least. I hope this interaction will also help BC, NCSG and ALAC collaborating on other issues in the future. Through private meetings tomorrow leading up to the STI session I hope this sentiment continues. Will report back after tomorrows STI meeting. 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