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8 Dicembre 2021

In 2001 by the chance coming from the .it Registry (the Register of Italian domains) at the National Research Council (CNR - Institute for Informatics and Telematics - ITT) in Pisa, to obtain the accreditation for dealing with disputes over domain names registered under the domestic extension (country code Top Level Domain - ccTLD) .it, born MFSD (but what such acronym stands for ? It's the initial letter of 4 founders' surnames, of which 2 of them, Stefano Monguzzi and Pierfrancesco C. Fasano, are still partners nowadays): the first independent private Italian alternative disputes resolution (ADR) center specialized on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), with a view also to educate and disseminate methods and related techniques.

As a natural evolution of its origins and aims, MFSD requested and obtained in 2012 by the Italian Ministry of Justice accreditation (n° 903) to act as Mediation Center, self-limiting its competence to IPRs disputes, including pertaining to art and cultural heritage.

Nowadays MFSD continues the exclusive activity of IP ADR Centre, information and specialized training, and research, study and development of new methods of access to justice for IPRs holders, with reference to and studying the positive experiences and the Italian legal framework, European and international level, and participating in the debate around them and to its growth.

During these years MFSD was invited by public enties and intellectual property (IP) firms to participate in seminars and conferences, and has held continuing learning educational (CLE) courses accredited by Bar in the field of IP ADR. In this light on July 23th, 2013 Italian Ministry of Justice accredited (n° 962) MFSD as Mediation Academy to qualify professionals as civil and commercial mediators, aiming to train IP professionals as IP mediators.

Italian and EU professionals and experts in procedures, techniques and ADR methods of IP disputes resolution are listed as neutrals (i.e. mediators, arbitrators, panellists, examiners) held by MFSD. 

2015 is the year when Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved MFSD as Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) Provider to deal with new generic domains (gTLDs) disputes.   

Since 2001 MFSD manages procedures for alternative dispute resolution in the field of Intellectual Property promoted by companies and organizations, both Italian and EU, even in languages ​​other than Italian.

MFSD partners with Italian and European Union projects aiming to knowledges exchanges and dissemination of experiences in the field of alternative disputes resolution (ADR).

On the threshold of the 20 years of activities, MFSD has administered over 160 ADR (domestic and international) IP procedures, placing itself among main independent private centers, both Italian and European, for the out-of-court settlement of IP disputes.

In the near future MFSD continue to train professionals on IP disputes resolution methods and procedures, as it believes that the disclosure and awareness of the experts of this sector constitute a chance to growth in the world of industrial and commercial enterprises dedicated research and innovation.


From left to right.

MFSD' founders and partners are Stefano Monguzzi (Domains Disputes Case Manager - on the left in the photo below) and Pierfrancesco C. Fasano (Mediation Case Manager - right) pictured at the MFSD booth during the first Italian IP Expo (Parma, Sept 24th, 2012).

Stefano Monguzzi (left) and Pierfrancesco C. Fasano (right) at the London 50 ICANN Meeting (June 2014). 

EU Parliament (Milan RepOffice) Workshop on 'Protection of Geographical Indications (GIs) in the new Internet scenario' (Feb 28th, 2014). From left, Rita Forsi (Italian Institute of TeleCommunications - Minister of Economic Development), Stefano Monguzzi and Pierfrancesco C. Fasano (MFSD) and Jerome Sicard (MarkMonitor - Thomson Reuters Group).


Prof. Frank E. A. Sander (Harvard Universiy) speaks of three phases he's noticed in ADR: the Pound Conference followed by ten years of experimentation was the first, the next ten years was the incorporation and practice in law schools and court systems as well as discovering the weaknesses of the practice. The last ten years have been the institutionalization of the field. 

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