ITechLaw 2011 European Conference
Oslo, Norway • Grand Hotel Oslo • 20-21 October 2011
Rita Rodin Johnston
Partner, Skadden and Board Member, ICANN; New York, New York, United States
Rita Rodin Johnston is a partner is Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology and Internet and E-Commerce practices. She also has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2006 and 2007.
She represents clients in structuring and negotiating domestic and international transactions with a focus on technology and trademarks. She regularly negotiates outsourcing agreements, strategic alliances, joint ventures, development and distribution agreements, trademark and technology licensing agreements, and marketing and co-branding agreements. She also advises companies on Internet and e-commerce business and compliance issues, open source issues, privacy matters and branding issues.
Ms. Rodin Johnston has worked extensively on matters relating to Internet policy and in particular in connection with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since its formation in 1998. These matters include representing clients as well as working on policy initiatives.
Ms. Rodin Johnston assisted in the drafting of ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which is used today by thousands of companies to challenge domain name registrations. She also served as a member of the ICANN committee that drafted documentation to implement the UDRP. In 2002, Ms. Rodin Johnston was appointed by ICANN to chair an international task force that established the Policy Development Process (PDP) that is now used by ICANN to develop and implement future ICANN policies.
Ms. Rodin Johnston was appointed to the ICANN Board by the Generic Names Supporting Organisation in May 2006. Her current term will end six months after the conclusion of ICANN's annual meeting in 2010.