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Partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP
Damon Ashcraft’s trademark practice focuses on trademark protection online and internet governance issues. He manages numerous trademark enforcement programmes on an international scale. Specifically, he has sought recovery of hundreds of illegally registered domain names on behalf of brand owners through traditional means and alternative dispute resolution procedures such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Mr Ashcraft is also familiar with other rights protection mechanisms available to stop infringement online, including the Uniform Rapid Suspension, the trademark clearinghouse and the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers’s (ICANN) new gTLD programme.
Mr Ashcraft is an active leader within ICANN, which has a significant role in internet governance. In 2018-2020 Mr Ashcraft served as associate chair and chair of ICANN’s Nominating Committee (NonCom), which appoints 50% of ICANN’s Board of Directors and other key leadership positions within ICANN. Previously, Mr Ashcraft had served as chair elect to the NomCom and represented the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) as its delegate to the NomCom. (The IPC is the official advocacy group for brand and other IP owners within ICANN.) Further, Mr Ashcraft is currently the treasurer of the IPC. These roles have given him a unique insight into and experience with respect to internet governance. He has also served in leadership positions at the International Trademark Association (INTA), having been a subcommittee chair on INTA’s Internet Committee.
Mr Ashcraft also practises traditional trademark law and has experience in domestic and foreign trademark registration and currently manages numerous trademark portfolios. Further, he enforces and defends clients’ trademark rights before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in various federal and state courts.