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MERGE is a group of DIGITAL ASSET EVENTS with a focus on current trends in a holistic manner, and different technologies, segments, and sectors.  MERGE attendees, speakers, and sponsors can audit different but adjacent technology disciplines and build meaningful ROLODEX DIVERSITY while exploring new regions of opportunity.

MERGE will take place within the entirety of the Grand Ballroom space at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista, located in Orlando, Florida.

Registered attendees will be treated to a variety of content that comes from the different shows and events and group meetings that are occurring during MERGE, as well as keynotes, panels and networking activities.

Interested in sponsoring? There are some last-minute options available.

Meanwhile, check out MERGE.SHOW for more information, and stay tuned!

[Please note, Schedule may be subject to small changes]

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Sunday, September 16
 

10:00am EDT

Speaker Green Room and Conference Organizer Space
Need some quiet space for a meeting, catching up on email, or important discussions?  This is the place


Sunday September 16, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm EDT
3: DNA Lounge / VIP Meeting Room Salon 3, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:15pm EDT

TOSI VS. GDPR VS. WHOIS PRIVACY - HOW IS THE DOMAIN INVESTOR AFFECTED?
WHOIS, WHAT WAS, and WHAT THE.  Have you noticed that the recent GDPR deadline of May 25th made it harder to figure out who owns a domain name?

Balancing the national laws that impact the discussions, Registries and Registrars are subject to contracts with ICANN, and the whole thing is a sweet, hot mess, where issues that were not possible to solve in decades are being forced to resolution in a very short term.

Have you heard of the "Transparent, Open and Secure Internet Act of 2018"?  The US Congress is being led by whois mining companies to enact law that makes it illegal to comply with the GDPR, in order to reset WHOIS information to WHAT WAS before May 25, 2018.



Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ari  Goldberger

Ari Goldberger

Counsel, ESQwire.com PC
Ari Goldberger is an entrepreneur and lawyer who created the Internet law firmESQwire.com and is the founder and CEO of the best name in healthcare, MD.com. After graduating with honors from Rutgers Law School, in 1992 Ari began practicing as a litigator with Pepper Hamilton, LLC... Read More →
avatar for Gerald Levine

Gerald Levine

Partner, Levine Samuel, LLP
avatar for Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman

Attorney, Greenberg & Lieberman
Intellectual Property, Bicycling, Gadgets, Tech
avatar for Zak Muscovitch

Zak Muscovitch

Lawyer, DNattorney.com
Zak Muscovitch is the principal of The Muscovitch Law Firm which operates DNattorney.com. Zak has practiced international domain name law since 1999.Zak represents parties in domain name leasing transactions and has completed leasing arrangements for domain names valued in the millions... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

6:15pm EDT

THE Domain Conference Famous Welcome Cocktail sponsored by SitePlug
Schmooze and network with other conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and guests amidst the lovely glow of our amazing and vibrant sponsor booths.

Enjoy a beverage and some canapes and hors d'oeuvres with some great company at this classic institution of networking.

Sponsored by SitePlug 

Sponsors

Sunday September 16, 2018 6:15pm - 8:15pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 
Monday, September 17
 

1:00pm EDT

id4me - Digital Identity and Authentication within Domains
Learn first hand about the opportunities and benefits of id4me, a secure, open, privacy-friendly platform that uses domain names as identity and authentication.  This initiative includes DENIC (.DE), Nominet (.UK + more), 1&1, Open-xchange, and other large providers and associations.


Monday September 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Panel or Presentation

3:00pm EDT

Private Trademark Lawyers Group Meeting
Private Group Meeting

Monday September 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  Private Group Meeting, Private Group

4:00pm EDT

Meet the ICA - The Internet Commerce Association
Meet the Internet Commerce Association - hear from the Executive Director of the ICA, Kamila Sekiewicz, about the important work that the ICA does.

Speakers
avatar for Zak Muscovitch

Zak Muscovitch

Lawyer, DNattorney.com
Zak Muscovitch is the principal of The Muscovitch Law Firm which operates DNattorney.com. Zak has practiced international domain name law since 1999.Zak represents parties in domain name leasing transactions and has completed leasing arrangements for domain names valued in the millions... Read More →
avatar for Kamila Sekiewicz

Kamila Sekiewicz

Executive Director, The Internet Commerce Association
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... Read More →

Sponsors

Monday September 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Keynote

4:30pm EDT

A Fireside Chat with ICANN
Join us for a fireside chat to learn more about ICANN, what they do, what they don't do, and how they work to ensure that the Internet Names and Numbers work in a stable, reliable, and resilient manner.

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Gore

Jennifer Gore

Director of Registrar Services and Engagement, ICANN
Jennifer Gore is one of the most historically involved females in the domain name industry. She is currently the Director of Registrar Engagement at ICANN. Formally, Jennifer was the Senior Director of Policy for Web.com. As a long-time member of the ICANN community, Ms. Gore has... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Fireside Chat

5:00pm EDT

LEGAL MATTERS: UDRP AND ACPA UPDATES
Moderators
avatar for Howard Neu

Howard Neu

President/CEO, THE DOMAIN CONFERENCE
Among the most-recognized faces of the domain industry, Howard Neu is the President of THE Domain Conference. Of course, anyone in the industry will remember Howard as one of the co-founders of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show, and his indefatigable work as the mild-mannered moderator of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ava Doppelt

Ava Doppelt

Shareholder, Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist, PA
Ava Doppelt is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law. She manages trademark and copyright portfolios, and has substantial litigation experience in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, advising clients on trademark, publishing, entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Ari  Goldberger

Ari Goldberger

Counsel, ESQwire.com PC
Ari Goldberger is an entrepreneur and lawyer who created the Internet law firmESQwire.com and is the founder and CEO of the best name in healthcare, MD.com. After graduating with honors from Rutgers Law School, in 1992 Ari began practicing as a litigator with Pepper Hamilton, LLC... Read More →
avatar for Gerald Levine

Gerald Levine

Partner, Levine Samuel, LLP
avatar for Zak Muscovitch

Zak Muscovitch

Lawyer, DNattorney.com
Zak Muscovitch is the principal of The Muscovitch Law Firm which operates DNattorney.com. Zak has practiced international domain name law since 1999.Zak represents parties in domain name leasing transactions and has completed leasing arrangements for domain names valued in the millions... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Panel
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

11:00am EDT

[CLOSED SESSION, OFFSITE] Roundtable.org / TLDFest Group post-show TLD Application Session P1
This is a private and closed group meeting occurring during MERGE, and is not open to the public.


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:00pm EDT

Digital Brands in 2018 - dotBrands and Corporate Domain Portfolios
Join Martin Kuechenthal, Cole Quinn, Jochen Kieler, Mike Rodenbaugh and other domain professionals for a discussion of the state of dotBrands and corporate domain portfolio management of large companies.

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jochen Kieler

Jochen Kieler

Partner & CSO, Brandit
Jochen Kieler is a highly respected domain industry veteran specializing in International Corporate Management with over 16 years of experience in the Domain and Internet Industry. As the Chief Strategy Officer for the Euopean-based BrandIT, Jochen oversees the international... Read More →
avatar for Martin Kuechenthal

Martin Kuechenthal

CEO, Lemarit
Martin Kuechenthal is the co-founder and CEO of LEMARIT GmbH, an ICANN accredited registrar and specialist in digital brand protection since 2002. LEMARIT is based in northern Germany.Martin is deeply involved and well connected in the domain industry and he also holds a seat in the... Read More →
avatar for Cole Quinn

Cole Quinn

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporate Domains and .BRAND TLD Portfolio, Microsoft
My team manages the corporate domain portfolio for Microsoft. I'm also working with colleagues across the company to align brand/marketing strategies with our domains program, as well as developing strategies and use cases for our eight .Brand TLDs. This last aspect is aided significantly... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rodenbaugh

Mike Rodenbaugh

Rodenbaugh Law
Rodenbaugh Law 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 and his... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Keynote

2:00pm EDT

Soap.Club and eCommerce / Shopify / Amazon Stores
Speakers
avatar for Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar a.k.a. The Amazon Growth Guy, paved his path to make the most of theAmazon marketplace, long before it became with world's favorite place to shop.Since the early 1990s, he has been involved with a multitude of businesses ranging fromcorporate identity, manufacturing... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

2:00pm EDT

[CLOSED SESSION, OFFSITE] Roundtable.org / TLDFest Group post-show TLD Application Session P2
This is a private and closed group meeting occurring during MERGE, and is not open to the public.

Interested parties can click Engage to request inclusion - before 9/12, and those selected will be contacted by the organizer with the location on the day of.

This activity is not being operated by MERGE and the MERGE organizers can suggest, but not guarantee participation of parties who have enrolled. 


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

8:00pm EDT

Hospitality Suite Networking
Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Tuesday September 18, 2018 8:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 

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