"Some people are scared to join
the IPC because they think there’s a high learning
curve or it’s very technical," "But
it’s a very low learning curve and
we’re very open to new members—you
don’t even need to know how the Internet
The IPC is also a good way to
become directly involved in policy making, says Shatan.
"It’s very important. You’re making
real governance decisions. It’s only a slight
exaggeration to say we’re running the
As the voice of IP stakeholder
concerns in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder framework,
it is particularly important that the IPC is representative and
active. "I would like to see more involvement from outside the
EU and North America," says Shatan. Asian and African members
are particularly underrepresented.
"The bottom line is that the
domain name system and the Internet are a critically important
part of the world that trademark owners live in, and the IPC is
the voice for brand owners. It can’t be ignored."
You can learn more at the IPC’s meeting, which is
open to all INTA registrants, on Wednesday from 11:30 to 1:30
in Room 10.