Kristina Rosette is a special counsel in the Washington office whose practice focuses on domain name, Internet, and trademark matters.
Ms. Rosette has unique expertise in domain name matters. She completed in October 2011 a five-year term as an Intellectual Property Constituency representative on the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization Council, which develops and recommends to the ICANN Board of Directors the substantive policies relating to the domain name system, including such matters as generic top level domains (gTLDs) and Whois.
Ms. Rosette is deeply involved in ICANN policy development relating to the introduction of new gTLDs, Whois, and abusive domain name registration and use. As a GNSO Councilor, she drafted the policy recommendations that now guide the introduction of new gTLDs.Â Ms. Rosette played a leading role in the creation (and was a member of) the ICANN Implementation Recommendation Team, the 18-person global team of trademark experts who designed and recommended trademark protections for the introduction of new gTLDs. She negotiated the terms and passage of an important GNSO Council motion that ended the policy development process on Whois and avoided radical change to it; wrote and implemented the IPC Supplemental Request for Information on Domain Tasting that provided trademark owners with the opportunity to articulate to ICANN the harms caused by domain tasting; and drafted policy recommendations to curb domain tasting. Ms. Rosette regularly advises clients on ICANN policy developments. She has reclaimed over 500 domain names from cybersquatters and other registrants through negotiation, arbitration, and litigation.
Ms. Rosette develops and implements offensive and defensive global domain name registration, Internet monitoring, and Internet enforcement strategies. She advises clients on issues ranging from the use of keywords and sponsored links to the use of trademarks in search engine optimization to strategies for identifying and responding to cybersquatting. Ms. Rosette frequently conducts intellectual property audits of websites, and has the leading role within the firm on writing client alerts and advising firm clients on ICANN, legislative, and case law developments relating to domain names, and trademark-related Internet issues.
In her trademark practice, Ms. Rosette advises clients on trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, registration, and enforcement matters in the United States and many foreign countries. She is principal trademark counsel to, among others, a luxury casino hotel resort, two national sports federation, a global satellite company, and a leading distributor of financial services and products.