1) Your Name:

Philip D. Karnofsky

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2) Stakeholder Group:Not Applicable

3) Constituency:

Not Applicable

4) ICANN Affiliation (if not covered by item 2 or 3):

Personal Capacity

5) Please identify your current employer(s):

Mayer Brown LLP

6) Please identify your current position(s):

Associate Attorney

7) Please identify the type(s) of work performed:

Philip D. Karnofsky focuses his practice on a variety of matters related to intellectual property, the Internet, mobile and social media platforms, privacy and cyber security. His experience includes domestic and international counseling, clearance, prosecution, enforcement and litigation, as well as Internet governance and domain name issues. Highly knowledgeable on new media technologies, Phil also has experience managing Internet property portfolios for global brands and content owners, including obtaining registrations worldwide, and developing and implementing strategies and policies for online branding, enforcement and content distribution. His practice involves significant work with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, including advising on new gTLD applications and related agreements; drafting Public Interest Commitment (PIC) specifications; and responding to formal objections, audit notices, contractual compliance inquiries, and accountability mechanism proceedings. Prior to practicing in the private sector, Phil investigated complaints of whistleblower reprisal against national security personnel and deposed complainants and management officials.

8) Please identify your declared country of primary residence (e.g., country to which you pay taxes):


9) Please list any financial relationship beyond de minimis stock ownership you may have with any company that to your knowledge has a financial relationship or contract with ICANN:

I do not have any personal financial ownership in any registries, registrars, or other interested parties in ICANN policy, nor do I hold any senior management or leadership positions in such organizations. As Mayer Brown LLP is a large international law firm, it is possible that other members of the firm may hold such interests.

10) Do you believe you are participating in the GNSO policy process as a representative of any individual or entity, whether paid or unpaid?

If the answer is “Yes,” please provide the name of the represented individual or entity. (If professional ethical obligations prevent you from disclosing this information, please enter "Private"):Private
11) Please identify any other relevant arrangements, interests, or benefits as requested in the following two questions:

a) Do you have any type of material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes?


If the answer is “yes,” please describe the material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes:

In our practice, we represent both registries and registrars in trademark portfolio matters, although I have not represented these organizations in ICANN policy matters. From time to time, we advise clients on ICANN policy matters relating to brand protection, and have assisted clients with preparing comments to ICANN. In addition, we are currently advising several clients on their new gTLD applications. As Mayer Brown LLP is a large international law firm, it is possible that other members of the firm may hold additional such interests.

b) Are there any arrangements/agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your participation as a work team member?


If the answer is “yes,” please describe the arrangements/agreements and the name of the group, constituency, or person(s):

With regard to my participation in policy development process activities, I confer with members of the Mayer Brown LLP to ensure client interests are represented.

12) Please identify any Working Groups or other chartered teams in which you are participating (include acronyms, if applicable):

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