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Differences Between the UDRP and the URS (Summarized)

Differences Between the UDRP and the URS (Summarized)

As new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) grow in popularity, the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is often an alternative and attractive option to the longstanding Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The URS is certainly less expensive than the UDRP, and a decision is reached more quickly. But, as I’ve written before, the URS has not gained much traction, in part because the remedy for a successful trademark owner is simply a temporary suspension of the disputed domain name. The UDRP, on the other hand, provides a more permanent (and sometimes more desirable) solution by allowing a... read more

The Most Embarrassing Way to Lose a UDRP Complaint

Although the Rules for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) address a “default,” there is no such thing as a default judgment, as in court. A default in UDRP parlance simply refers to the situation in which a domain name registrant fails to submit a response; it doesn’t indicate the outcome. In other words, the burden of proof is always on the complainant (trademark owner) who filed the case. And, if the complainant fails to meet its burden, then the panel will issue a decision in favor of the respondent (domain name registrant) — even if the... read more

The Rising Popularity of Canceling a Domain Name Registration in a UDRP Case

While the overwhelming majority of all decisions in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) cases result in an order to transfer the disputed domain name, the policy always has allowed trademark owners to request cancellation — instead of transfer — of the domain name. It’s never been a popular remedy, but it seems to be occurring more frequently lately. Indeed, statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) — the largest and only UDRP service provider that publishes real-time data on its cases — show that 2.32% of all domain name disputes so far this year (as of September... read more

The GigaLaw Guide to URS Resources

Here is a list of resources, with links, to important documents on ICANN’s Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), the domain name dispute procedure that allows a trademark owner to seek suspension of a domain name in a new generic top-level domain (gTLD): ICANN ICANN’s URS Home Page URS Procedure (PDF) URS Rules (PDF) Technical Requirements (for registries and registrars) (PDF) The Forum The Forum’s URS Home Page Provider Announcement (from ICANN) Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN (PDF) Supplemental Rules (PDF) Determinations (select URS “ruleset”) Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre ADNDRC’s URS Home Page Provider Announcement (from ICANN) Memorandum of... read more

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Reclaim Your Domain; Retake Your Territory

The GigaLaw Firm uses a variety of legal tools to protect its clients against cybersquatters, infringers and other bad actors on the Internet:


The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) has been called by Corporate Counsel magazine “the preferred option for most trademark owners” for resolving domain name disputes.


The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is a new dispute policy that enables trademark owners to get a new gTLD (generic top-level domain name) suspended quickly and inexpensively.


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a useful tool for brand owners to help get their content — including text and images — taken down from infringing websites.


Additional domain name dispute policies for country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), and other legal options, help brand owners enforce their rights online.