Taft Chicago partner Paul McGrady has been named to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council representing the Non-Contracted Parties House for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). McGrady has been involved with ICANN for many years as a councilor in the GNSO, active participant in various Policy Development Processes, and a fellow of the Brand Registry Group. He is also a past Chair of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). His two-year term with the GNSO begins following ICANN72 in October 2021.
“I look forward to working across the many aisles within ICANN to bolster the multi-stakeholder model and to reach solutions that will leave a stronger Internet for the next generation. I will have an open door policy for discussion with any member of any constituency, but especially within the Non-Contracted Parties House. I welcome all ideas for solutions to problems,” McGrady says.
McGrady represents large brands and small and medium-sized enterprises in the United States and around the world focusing on domain name matters. He also counsels clients on the intellectual property aspects of social and mobile media as well as traditional trademarks matters. He is the author of McGrady on Domain Names, McGrady on Social Media, and McGrady on Social Media Aspects of Employment Law, all published by LexisNexis.
ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.