Mike Rodenbaugh

Rodenbaugh Law
Panelist for session: 
Mike Rodenbaugh, Rodenbaugh Law

Mike Rodenbaugh represents clients in all matters relating to domain names, trademarks, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property, and in e-commerce, licensing and marketing transactions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution efforts.

Broadly speaking, Mike counsels clients with respect to the Domain Name System and its impact on business interests. In particular, Mike consults prospective registry operators, registrars, brand owners and other businesses with respect to new Top-Level Domains to be delegated by ICANN.

Mike started his law firm in 2007. For seven years prior, Mike co-managed the trademark and domain name inventory and strategy for Yahoo! Inc., handling hundreds of different transactions and dispute resolutions. He supported Yahoo!’s domain registration business specifically, representing Yahoo! in various ICANN constituencies. More broadly, he worked with Yahoo!’s global marketing and legal teams to handle myriad intellectual property and e-commerce issues, often involving trademarks and/or domain names.

With respect to ICANN, Mike has served the Business Constituency as an officer and as Councilor to the Generic Names Supporting Organization from 2006 to 2010. The GNSO Council is chartered by the ICANN Bylaws to develop policy relating to gTLD domain space, such as dot-com, dot-net, dot-org, dot-biz, dot-info, dot-travel, dot-jobs -- and the many new gTLDs on the way.

Mike has been active in most of the new TLD working groups chartered by the GNSO Council, including the New gTLD Task Force which developed original resolutions resulting in the first Draft Applicant Guidebook, in 2008. Since then, he has engaged in many specific groups relating to Rights Protection, Reserved Names, IDNs, Vertical Integration and Cross Ownership, and the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, among others. He also has led efforts of the Business Constituency and other organizations to comment upon various iterations of the Draft Applicant Guidebook and many working group reports issued since 2008.