Intellectual Property

Last Updated: 12 February 2015

Background & Mission Statement

The Intellectual Property Interests Constituency (hereinafter to be referred to as the IPC) is a part of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) according to Article X (5) of the ICANN bylaws, which became effective on December 15, 2002.

The purposes of the IPC are to:

Represent the views and interests of owners of intellectual property worldwide with particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, and related intellectual property rights and their effect and interaction with Domain Name Systems (DNS), and to ensure that these views, including minority views, are reflected in the recommendations made by the GNSO Council to the ICANN Board.

More particularly, to review and raise all intellectual property matters including any proposals, issues, policies, or otherwise, which may affect intellectual property, particularly as it interfaces with the DNS, and to provide to the GNSO and the ICANN Board timely and expert advice before it must make any decision or take any position thereon.


Gregory S. Shatan

President – Gregory S. Shatan (SOI)

Steve Metalitz

Vice President – Steve Metalitz (SOI)

Michael Adams

Treasurer – Michael Adams (SOI)

Claudio di Gangi

Secretary – Claudio di Gangi (SOI)

Heather Forrest

GNSO Counselor – Heather Forrest (SOI) – Asia Pacific / October 2014 – AGM 2016

Brian Winterfeldt

GNSO Counselor – Brian Winterfeldt (SOI) – North America / October 2011 - November 2015

Steve Metalitz

CSG Representative (Alternate) – Steve Metalitz (SOI)



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