Friday, February 29, 2008

Resume / CV

Geneva Switzerland • (011 41) 076 291 7839
brian.beckham [at] • Admitted to practice: Virginia 2006

Director, GeoBecks, Sarl
Geneva, Switzerland September 2012 to present
ICANN New gTLD-related Pre-Launch Policy Drafting and strategic advice 
-  Drafting of policy documents for clients’ registry implementation including Rules of Eligibility, Registration Terms & Conditions, Registration/Acceptable Use Rules, Blocked/Reserved list Terms
-  Drafting of registry launch policies including Sunrise Rules/Dispute Resolution Policy and IP Claims Rules
-  Provide practical and strategic advice on conflict management including String Contention, Objections (in particular Legal Rights Objections), GAC Early Warning/Advice
-  Draft registry-specific policies for abuse prevention and mitigation
-  Provide practical and strategic consultancy concerning ICANN Registry Operator contracts and Registry/Registrar agreements registrars

ICANN Meetings

-  Provide pre-ICANN Meeting briefings on relevant policy developments and related issues
-  Provide post-ICANN Meeting impact reports and future planning strategies
-  Participation in panel presentations, public interventions including during Board dialogues, attending constituency meetings , dialogue with ICANN staff/Board, brand applicant personnel, and GAC Representatives, as relevant and appropriate

ICANN Policy Development

-  Generally monitoring and reporting on and reacting to the existing and emerging ICANN policy environment, drafting Public Comments and related correspondence, participation in Working Groups and attending ad hoc meetings, as relevant and appropriate

Post Launch policy support and guidance

-  Assist clients with ICANN and external regulatory compliance as relevant and appropriate, procedures and policies for dispute resolution procedures, and monitoring development of ICANN consensus policies for possible client impact


-  Representing client interests at relevant industry events and writing articles and coordinating media relations as appropriate 

Geneva, Switzerland July 2007 to September 2012 
  • Coordinated Legal Rights Objection activities for WIPO including substantive and procedural rules, online filing guidelines/FAQs, and model pleadings.
  • Represented WIPO policy positions related to ICANN's New gTLD Program, including written and in-person dialogue and partnership with key industry stakeholders through multiple years and iterations of relevant policy documents (ICANN’s New gTLD program foresees a previously unforeseen, unprecedented expansion of the internet Domain Name System).
  • WIPO delegate to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee.
  • Key role in drafting and proposing an “eUDRP” initiative – which resulted in a paperless domain name case filing system adopted by ICANN’s Board.
  • Trademark-based dispute resolution policy development for New gTLDs (including for Pre-Delegation Legal Rights Objections, a proposal for a Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure, a proposal for an Expedited Suspension Mechanism/ICANN URS) and for online trademark-based ADR options more generally, including supporting research, industry consultations, and related drafting.
  • Managed UDRP domain name case docket covering nearly 200 UDRP cases, including pleadings review for legal and administrative compliance; UDRP case manager training and supervision; legal review of some 700 UDRP cases.
  • Coordinated UDRP and legal analysis of UDRP/registrar-related compliance issues; focal point/liaison between registrars, UDRP parties, and ICANN.
  • Administered several multi-million dollar patent and IP/technology arbitration cases filed under the WIPO Arbitration Rules.
McLean, VA June 2006 to June 2007
  • Prosecuted U.S. trademark applications, examined and critiqued product specimens for suitable mark use and counseled clients re: same, coordinated and filed §8, 9, 15 maintenance filings before USPTO, researched and drafted Responses to USPTO Office Actions, evaluated potential conflicts against prior-registered marks.
  • Drafted Purchase & Sale Agreements for key FCC clients’ radio station licenses, property and communication towers – negotiated same with outside counsel; examined and cleared title abstracts for related land purchases.
  • Secured synch, master, and video licenses for multi-city stage-play; rendered legal opinion on adaptation licenses / fair-use doctrine for multi-CD project and negotiated related licenses with numerous publishers.
  • Drafted client memo defining copyright ownership, licensing, and IP compensation for nationwide church network.
  • Reviewed compensation data for key personnel at multi-million dollar exempt (non-profit) organizations and drafted Reasonable Compensation Analysis’ under Internal Revenue Code guidance; analyzed IP ownership for exempt organizations and drafted related IP Policy designed to foster creativity in compliance with Internal Revenue Code regulations.
McLean, VA September 2005 to June 2006

Intern, U.S. PTO, Trademark Examining Group
Alexandria, VA June 2005 to July 2005
  • Analyzed applied-for marks, including legal research in support of trademark examining attorneys.

Digital Music & Licensing Relations, Soundies, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois July 2004 to May 2005
  • Collected artist, writer, and publisher information for statutory mechanical licenses for CD re-issues for key client; coordinated royalty tracking and disbursement with Harry Fox Agency and independent publishers.
  • Researched Internet music distribution outlets, prioritized opportunities to place Soundies’ catalog online.
  • Evaluated and edited music licensing cases and treatises, organized Music Licensing course text book.
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Research Assistant, Adjunct Professor Kevin Parks (Pres. Soundies) June 2004 to July 2004
  • Research Assistant, Professor Arthur J. Sabin June 2003 to May 2005
  • Research Assistant, Professor Doris E. Long February 2004 to May 2005
  • Note Taker, Exam Proctor, Records Office August 2003 to May 2005
  • Past contributor: Internet Cases Blog
  • 14 U. Balt. Intell. Prop. L.J. 151, Analyzing Forum Selection Clauses in Clickwrap Agreements
  • 7 Colum. Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 1, Production, Preservation, and Disclosure of Metadata
  • 10 Va. J. L. & Tech. 4, Can the RIAA Survive Substantial Non-infringing Uses?
  • 22 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 205, Intel v. Hamidi: Spam as Trespass to Chattels – Deconstruction of a Private Right of Action in California
The John Marshall Law School,Chicago, Illinois May 2005
Joint J.D. and LL.M. (with honors) in Information Technology

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
B.A. Philosophy, Minor Political Science March 2001
  • Thesis: “In Defense of Jury Nullification”