What is UDRP?

By | July 13, 2009

UDRP stands for ” Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) “. The UDRP was adopted by ICANN on 26 August 1999.

UDRP defines how disputes over domain-name registrations are resolved in the global top-level domains such as .biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, and .org. The UDRP includes a mandatory, non-binding, low-cost administrative procedure to resolve a certain set of claims — namely, claims of abusive, bad faith registration. This means a bad faith violation of someone else’s trademark. In situations other than these, the UDRP provides that disputes must be resolved by traditional means such as voluntary negotiation and lawsuits. The UDRP is part of the Registration Agreement that Internet users sign to register domain names in the global top-level domains.

The UDRP does not apply to country-code top-level domains, except in a few cases where the local administrator has decided to adopt it.

List of approved dispute resolution service providers of UDRP are as follows :

  1. NAF – The National Arbitration Forum
  2. WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization
  3. CAC – The Czech Arbitration Court