The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy is a set of guidelines used resolve disputes due to the registration of similar domains. These policies were set in place for ICANN to protect the owners of a brand or trademark from a malicious third party. The UDRP applies to gTLDs like the common .com, .net, .org, as well as newer gTLDs like .asia, .biz, .info, .name, and many more.
To file a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, you must fulfill one of these requirements.
- Not using the similar domain name or having any interest of using it.
- The owner of the domain name is using the the domain name is damaging your trademark. (e.g. Using the domain name to advertise for a competitor, using the domain name to attract people to their website via redirect, and an attempt to resell the domain to the trademark owner for a large sum of money)
- Using the domain as a way to confuse an individual that they are going to the correct web page. (Mimicking what the origin web page would look like)
This list of UDRP providers listed on ICANN’s webpage are the follow:
- Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR)
- Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)
- Czech Arbitration Court Arbitration Center for Internet Disputes (CAC)
- National Arbitration Forum (NAF)
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
If you do not already have a trademark, you can apply for one at TradeMarkPlus. This webpage offers a trademark registration service.
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