Kathy Kleiman

Kathy Kleiman

Internet Counsel, Co-Lead Internet Law & Policy Team, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Joined on November 24, 2005 – United States
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Kathy is Internet Counsel and Co-Lead of the Internet Law & Policy Group of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, in Arlington, VA (the oldest telecommunications law firm in the US). 

Kleiman's work dates back to the founding of ICANN. She is a co-founder of the Noncommercial Users Constituency and was elected to the first Names Council. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the GNSO's Rights Protection Mechanisms Working Group.

Kleiman served as Vice-Chair of ICANN's first Whois Review Team and she was part of teams that negotiated policies for the New gTLDs Applicant Guidebook, including the Trademark Clearinghouse, Uniform Rapid Suspension and base New gTLD Registry Agreement. She has served on numerous task forces and committees throughout ICANN.

Kleiman works on behalf of registrants, registries, registrars, communities and users to navigate the legal and policy issues and questions of gTLDs and ccTLDs.

Except where otherwise noted, all postings by Kathy Kleiman on CircleID are licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Featured Blogs

Fairness & Due Process Require Changes to ICANN's "Updated Supplementary Procedures" to the IRP

The Updated Supplementary Procedures for Independent Review Process ("IRP Supplementary Procedures") are now up for review and Public Comment. Frankly, there is a lot of work to be done. If you have ever been in a String Objection, Community Objection, or negotiated a Consensus Policy, your rights are being limited by the current way the IRP Supplementary Procedures proposal is structured. With timely edits, we can ensure that all directly-impacted and materially-affected parties have actual notice of the IRP proceeding... more

It's Time to Put a Bow on the URS: Our Work is Almost Done

For years our community has struggled with the rules of the URS - the Uniform Rapid Suspension - aimed at taking down the "worst of the worst" domain name registrations in a manner faster and cheaper than its predecessor, the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy - the UDRP. On June 27, in Prague, a diverse group met to discuss the fate of the URS. To my surprise, it was a rare "kumbaya" moment, and that makes it worthy of comment. more

A Tribute to the STI (Special Trademarks Initiative Team)

In the ICANN world, our relations are often a little tumultuous, as policy-making bodies can be. As I look back on my experiences over the last decade at ICANN (and many committees, working groups and task forces), one stands out for its quality, dedication, professionalism and hard work. That's the Special Trademarks Initiatives Working Team, or the STI. I was proud to be a part of the Team as an Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) representative, and this tribute reflects my high regard for the Team and the recommendations it produced. more