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Bart Lieben is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Brussels office and is a member of the Brussels bar. He joined Crowell & Moring in 2010 and specializes in (international) commercial law, with a particular focus on IP, telecommunications, media and technology law.
In this capacity, Bart represents clients in protecting, managing and enforcing their intellectual property rights, including in transactional matters, such as licensing, technology transfer, software development, outsourcing and service level agreements.
Over the past years, Bart has become deeply involved in assisting new Internet top-level domains in their organization, implementation and launch. More in particular, Bart assisted:
The European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid, dot-eu) in setting up their corporate structure, drafting of intellectual property dispute prevention and resolution procedures, and assisting in domain name dispute resolution. Furthermore, Bart successfully directed the dot-eu Sunrise process, which is still regarded as the largest intellectual property audit carried out in the world
mTLD Ltd (dot-mobi) in the dot-mobi policy development and Sunrise processes in 2006
In 2007, Bart directed the Sunrise processes for the DotAsia Organization (.ASIA), doMEn d.o.o. (dot-me) and the numerical Sunrise process for SIDN (dot-nl), where he also directed consultations with IP stakeholder groups, and drafted policies and procedures for the respective Sunrise processes, and managed domain name disputes in this respect
Bart also assisted Telnic Ltd. in its start-up of the dot-tel top-level domain between 2006 and 2009, the dot-co ccTLD (managed by .CO Internet SAS) in 2009 and 2010, and dot-so (operated by GMO Registry in Tokyo, Japan). Also here, Bart assisted in setting up these domain name registries, consulted on and drafted domain name registration and dispute resolution policies, and dealt with related domain name disputes.
Bart also advised ICANN in defining the evaluation criteria and process for the New gTLD Program, which formed a basis for the Draft Applicant Guidebooks recently published in relation to the New gTLD Program. Against this backdrop, various trademark owners, domain name registrars, back-end registry operators, and future TLD applicants are calling upon Bart’s unique and unparalleled expertise in the setting up, launch and management of domain name registries, and knowledge about the ICANN and rights protection processes.
On various occasions, the European Commission, the European Patent Office and the United Nations have appointed Bart as an expert consultant in relation to legal issues concerning intellectual property and information technology law.
Bart is a member of the International Trademark Association (and a member of INTA’s Internet Committee) and the dot-be domain name dispute resolution service provider, CEPINA. He has excellent contacts within the domain name industry, in particular domain name registrars, back-end registry operators and domain name dispute resolution service providers.
He is the main architect of the ClearingHouse for Intellectual Property (CHIP), a revolutionary tool and service that assists brand owners in safeguarding their rights and interests in the Domain Name System.
Bart is a qualified lawyer in Belgium and obtained a law degree from the University of Antwerp (1998, graduated cum laude), and LL.Ms. in Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Law (1999 and 2000, Catholic Universities of Louvain and Brussels) and Business Law (2001, University of Antwerp). He is a Professor at the University of Alicante (Spain) and at the Karel de Grote-Hogeschool in Antwerp (Belgium), where he lectures on intellectual property law, information technology law and technology transfer.
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