Mike Rodenbaugh is a lawyer representing clients in all matters relating to domain names, trademarks, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property, and in e-commerce, licensing and marketing transactions and dispute resolution efforts. Mike started his law firm in 2007.
He is active in the Anti-Phishing Working Group, International Trademark Association and ICANN. Mike has been elected two times to represent the Business Constituency as one of its three Officers, and as one of its three Councilors on the Generic Names Supporting Organization.
In a letter dated December 8th, 2011, Mike Rodenbaugh, along with twenty-seven other domain name industry representatives, wrote to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to support ICANN's new gTLD program, in response to the Senate Hearings taking place on the same day. They supported ICANN's argument that the program would be innovative and economically beneficial, and noted that the program took a diverse group of international stakeholders years to develop. The letter can be found here.
Before starting his own law firm he had more than seven years of experience in co-managing trademark and domain name inventory and strategy for Yahoo! Inc., and handling hundreds of different transactions and dispute resolutions for Yahoo! His team managed all matters of protection and infringement of Yahoo!'s trademarks and domain names worldwide, and advised on all legal and policy issues involving brand marketing, trademarks, domain names, and rights of publicity.
As a fresh graduate he practiced with Lillick & Charles in San Francisco until March, 2000.
Mike graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1995. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in political science from Santa Clara University.
ICANN Working Groups
Vertical Integration (VI); Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA); GNSO Improvements Policy Process Steering Committee (PPSC) (PDP work team); Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP); Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR); Registration Abuse Policies (RAP); Fast Flux Hosting (FF); New gTLD Task Force (single- and two-character names, reserved names and IDN subgroups; Special Trademark Issues (STI) implementation team); Domain Tasting (Chair).
Gray Chynoweth interviews Mike about the legal issues related to new TLDs.