ICANN’s Kurt Pritz and Paul Strahura of Donuts among Managing IP’s top 50 Most Influential People

Managing IP Top 50 list picks out the individuals shaping the IP industry worldwide. The 2012 Americas list is dominated by US judges and USPTO members, and also includes some professionals who have left a mark in the internet industry, we DCA  join the internet fraternity in celebrating our own Kurt Pritz from ICANN who has been very busy especially during this period when new gTLD’s process is underway , knowing that we also have applied for a new gTLD , .africa (dotAfrica) string. Another Top 50 finalist is Mr. Strahura the CEO and Co-Founder of Donuts that has applied for several ne gTLD’s.
Kurt Pritz is a practicing attorney and the Senior Vice President of Stakeholder Relations at ICANN, where he oversees the growth of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model, as well as ICANN's key stakeholder relationships. He is also overseeing the implementation of the New gTLD Program.His high-profile work includes representing ICANN at judicial and legal hearings in Washington, D.C.
Quoted from the IP Watch top 50 Website, Pritz himself has been among the most prominent defenders of the multi-stakeholder model, including in testimony before the US Congress. One of his next big challenges is to develop the Uniform Rapid Suspension system (URS) for straightforward disputes involving domain names and IP rights. This must be in place by the time the first new gTLDs are operational, which could be as soon as spring next year, but Icann has yet to find a provider that can deliver the service at a reasonable cost ($300 to $500). Following a meeting on the topic in Prague, attended by various groups, Pritz said: "I have a high degree of confidence we will find a solution ... It's been amazing how cross-constituency groups come together." Concrete proposals for the URS are due to be discussed further at Icann's next meeting in Toronto in October, and Pritz has a budget to hold a conference on the issue before then.
Paul Strahura is the CEO and Co-Founder of Donuts Inc ,a former President and Chief Strategy Officer, and a member of the board of directors, of Demand Media, Inc. Demand Media is the parent company of eNom, Inc. Mr. Stahura's current venture, Donuts Inc., is still coalescing; given the timing and the people he is working with it is speculated to be a new gTLD venture. Mr. Stahura has over twenty years experience in the software development industry, with the most recent ten of those years spent in the Internet and DNS space.
From the IP Watch he is quoted to also own four US patents. But testifying to Congress in 2009, he admitted that he always wanted to run a registry, rather than a registrar. Donuts will give him that chance: it has a serious business plan, including provisions for enhanced IP protection and along with other big gTLD operators such as Fairwinds and TLD Holdings it is set to transform business on the internet.