Paul McGrady

Paul McGrady

Attorney / Author
Joined on March 1, 2011 – United States
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Paul McGrady is an innovator in the intellectual property space who enjoys a nationwide reputation as the go-to professional for legal work at the intersection of information technology and intellectual property, with special emphasis on trademark, social media, ICANN matters, new top level domain names (.brands and generic terms), counseling and disputes, domain name disputes, traditional and online brand enforcement, global brand strategy, internal brand training, copyright, Internet related transactions, and related aspects of privacy/data protection. Paul has served in the past as Chair of Trademarks at an AMLAW 100 law firm as well as interim semi-seconded, in-house Head of IP at a globally famous consumer products company. Paul also conceived of and help launch a domain name registrar (which has since been acquired by Corsearch) designed to help brands clear the clutter of the domain name space. Paul has a mix of Big Law and In-house experience that makes him a practical problem solver and capable of participating in the creative process with his business clients.

Specialties: Paul is the author of McGrady On Domain Names, the three-volume definitive treatise on domain name law and McGrady on Social Media, the practical guidebook for attorneys, and McGrady on Social Media Aspects of Employment Law, all of which are published by LexisNexis. He is a veteran of over 500 successful proceedings under the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) and related policies and multiple litigations brought under the Lanham Act including the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). Paul is a former member of the INTA Board of Directors, past chair of the INTA Internet Committee, and former member of ICANN's GNSO Council representing the Intellectual Property Association.

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Multistakeholderism Is Working: Even in Exile

I'm happy to report (mostly) positive feedback on my last article that examined how the multistakeholder model tackled, and tackled well, Phase 1 of the review of all Rights Protection Mechanisms. While bad news may sell more clicks, a little good news from time to time also appears to be welcome. Good news also reminds us of how fortunate we are to have a private sector ICANN with a multistakeholder model of policy development... more

Multistakeholderism Is Working: A Short Series of Articles

I was in a conversation with a close friend the other day, you know the kind where you have been friends for so long that you have endured each other experimenting with changed politics, evolving religion, and if you are unlucky, flirtations with multilevel marketing. We were discussing politics that day, which is not unusual given our ancient friendship and the recent change at the helm of the United States. more

Thumb on the Scales

Does the ICANN Board putting its thumb on the scale, change the status quo assumption of a Policy Development Process (PDP)? The primary assumption of most PDPs is that, in the absence of consensus for change, the status quo remains. Otherwise, Policy would be made by fiat by the PDP's Chair or Co-Chairs and there would be a mad rush to occupy those unpaid, thankless positions. more

ICANN Board: You Got It Right. Then You Got It Wrong. Now, Get It Right Again.

The ICANN Board has itself in a pretty pickle. The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Consultancy with the Board in Brussels was an apparent non-starter. After hundreds of man-hours' worth of comments provided by the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), the Board continues to claim that it lacks sufficient information on trademark issues in order to respond to concerns. more

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LawNew TLDsDomain NamesPolicy & RegulationInternet GovernanceDomain ManagementICANNBrand ProtectionUDRPDNS

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ICANN Board: You Got It Right. Then You Got It Wrong. Now, Get It Right Again.

Multistakeholderism Is Working: Even in Exile

Multistakeholderism Is Working: A Short Series of Articles

Thumb on the Scales