What is UDRP?
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The Uniform Domain Name Resolution Process (UDRP) is an administrative procedure set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international non-profit organization responsible for allocation of domain names. All ICANN accredited registrars observe the UDRP, and the process is completely pleading-based, making the UDRP a relatively efficient and cost-effective tool for obtaining domain name rights. This procedure is invoked through third-party dispute resolution provider (typically WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization, although there are a number of additional providers), and allows for a relatively speedy and efficient complaint procedure. The only remedy available under the UDRP is domain name transfer or cancellation.
A successful UDRP claim must demonstrate that:
- The domain name owner has registered a domain name which is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights.
- The domain name owner has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name.
- The domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.
For more information, please visit http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp.htm. Other top-level domains may be governed by different domain dispute resolution policies.