[gnso-rpm-wg] The topics for our WG

Petter Rindforth petter.rindforth at fenixlegal.eu
Wed Apr 13 15:38:56 UTC 2016

Dear Working Group members,
Following the discussion, I felt it may be the right time to just quickly remind us all of our topics and timelines:

What This Team Will Do

1. Conduct the PDP in two phases

This PDP Working Group is being chartered to conduct a review of all RPMs in all gTLDs in two phases as defined in theapproved charter <http://gnso.icann.org/en/drafts/whois-ng-gtld-rds-charter-07oct15-en.pdf>[PDF, 524 KB]:

Phase Onewill focus on a review of all the RPMs that were developed for the New gTLD Program, i.e.:

- the Trademark Clearinghouse and associated notification and sunrise mechanisms,
- the Uniform Rapid Suspension procedure, and
- the Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures

Phase Twowill focus on a review of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

At a minimum, in each Phase of this PDP, the Working Group will be expected to first assess the effectiveness of the relevant RPM(s), for which it should seek the input of experienced online dispute resolution providers and other subject matter experts, as appropriate.

The Working Group is also expected to look at the interplay between and complementary roles of each RPM in seeking to more fully understand their overall functioning and effectiveness.

Ultimately, the goal is for the Working Group to consider the overarching issue as to whether or not all the RPMs collectively fulfill the purposes for which they were created, or whether additional policy recommendations are needed, including to clarify and unify the policy goals.

In public comments to the UDRP Final Issue Report <http://gnso.icann.org/en/issues/udrp/udrp-final-issue-report-03oct11-en.pdf> [PDF, 2.69 MB], the RPM Staff Paper <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/reviews/rpm/rpm-review-11sep15-en.pdf> [PDF 2.5 MB], and the Preliminary Issue Report <https://www.icann.org/public-comments/rpm-prelim-issue-2015-10-09-en> for this PDP, various community groups and participants had identified a number of issues that they considered appropriate for review in a PDP. As such, the Working Group is expected to consider these community suggestions, which have been listed in the Working Group Charter, with further modifications, additions and deletions to be determined by consensus of the Working Group.

2. Coordinate its work with other parallel efforts

The Working Group will monitor the progress of and, where appropriate, coordinate with, other ICANN groups that are working on topics that may overlap with or otherwise provide useful input to this PDP. These other efforts include:

- the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team,
- the Trademark Clearinghouse Independent Review and
- the GNSO's PDP Working Group on New gTLDs Subsequent Procedures.

In this regard, the GNSO Council directed that a GNSO community liaison be appointed by the two GNSO PDP Working Groups. Further, as the manager of the policy development process, the GNSO Council is to be kept informed about the various coordination efforts so that in case of conflict between these groups, the Council may take the appropriate action to align the different work processes.

At the conclusion of Phase One of its work, the Working Group is expected to assess the need for modification to its Charter and, if appropriate, submit a request to the GNSO Council accordingly for the subsequent phase(s) of its work.

All the best,

Petter Rindforth, LL M

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