ICA Interim Counsel
Zak Muscovitch, Interim Counsel. Zak Muscovitch has practiced Internet domain name law since 1999. Zak was lead counsel in numerous precedent-setting court cases, including the Toronto.com case (2000), wherein he successfully defended against one of the first attempts in Federal Court to obtain an interlocutory injunction against a domain name registrant. Zak was defence counsel in the Sweetsuccess.com case (2001), one of the first decision to establish the convenient forum for international domain name disputes. Zak was instructing counsel for the registrant of the defendant domain name in the Technodome.com case (2002), which was the first in rem decision under the United States ACPA. Zak was counsel in one of the first court case overturning an ICANN UDRP commenced by Molson in the Canadian.biz case (2002). Zak represented the owner of CheapTickets.ca (2008), wherein he defended a descriptive domain name by successfully obtaining the cancelation of a plaintiff’s trademark for “Cheap Tickets”.
Zak has represented clients from all over the world, in countries such as China, England, Australia, the United States, Brazil, Turkey, Belgium, South Africa, Korea, and Canada, in numerous ICANN domain name disputes. Among many notable decisions, Zak represented the registrant of Shoes.Biz in the first “.biz” Reverse Domain Name Hijacking case (2002). Zak represented the registrant in the first ever successful defence of a CIRA CDRP Complaint over the domain name, Cheaptickets.ca (2003). Zak represented the registrant in the first CIRA Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding and costs order in the Forsale.ca case (2009). Zak represented the respondent in the first case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking in an IDN (Chinese language) domain name dispute over 長江.com (LongRiver.com), a complaint brought by Hong Kong billionaire Le Ka Shing to the ADNDRC and then at WIPO. Zak successfully defended Groovle.com in a case brought by Google, and successfully resisted two additional attempts by Google to use the UDRP to obtain domain names in two other cases.
Zak is the author of several articles on domain name law, such as “A Guide to ICANN Procedure and Policy (2000). Zak wrote, “Taxation of Internet Commerce” (1996). It was the very first published legal treatise on the taxation of Internet commerce. Zak has served as a consultant to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority on updating and revising the Canadian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Zak is frequently consulted by the media on Internet related legal issues, including by Wired magazine.
Zak is a trademark agent practicing before the CIPO and the USPTO. Prior to his appointment as Interim General Counsel he served on the Board of Directors of the ICA.
Kamila Sekiewicz, Executive Director. Kamila joined the ICA as Operations Manager towards the end of 2015. In this role, Kamila had responsibility for member engagement and recruitment, served as the coordinator of the ICA Working Groups, and took on other initiatives. In September 2017 Kamila was promoted to Executive Director.
Kamila has 10 years of prior experience in the domain industry in account management and business development roles with Sedo and NameDrive. In these roles, Kamila gained extensive experience relating to premium domain brokerage and domain parking and routinely engaged with domain portfolio owners, registrars, and registries.
Kamila is also a co-founder of Dataly Media LLC, a media buying company. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and did genetics research prior to starting her career within the domain name industry. A native of Poland, she currently resides in New Jersey. She is fluent in Polish, German and English.
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