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How to Save $1,000 on the UDRP Filing Fee

How to Save $1,000 on the UDRP Filing Fee

Filing a complaint under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is widely accepted as a much less expensive (and quicker) legal route to recover a domain name than filing a complaint in court. Still, the UDRP is not free. In addition to legal fees, a trademark owner who files a UDRP complaint must pay a filing fee to the dispute resolution service provider. The leading UDRP service providers — the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Forum (formerly the National Arbitration Forum) — charge filing fees that start at $1,500 and $1,300, respectively. Although WIPO and the... read more

What Happens to a Domain Name After the URS Suspension Expires?

One of the most obvious limitations of the new Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is the remedy for a trademark owner: A disputed domain name can only be temporarily suspended, not transferred. (By contrast, the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) allows a winning complainant to get a domain name transferred to it.) The trade-off has been seen as a compromise: Since URS proceedings are quicker and less expensive than the UDRP, the remedy should be more limited. While the URS has not yet proven to be very popular, most trademark owners who have invoked it... read more

When is the Top-Level Domain (TLD) Relevant in a Domain Name Dispute?

For years, domain name disputes have largely ignored the top-level domain (TLD) — such as “.com” — but the arrival of new generic TLDs, or gTLDs (so far, everything from “.abb” to “.zuerich”), has focused new attention on this important legal topic. Here’s the basic issue: The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the new Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) require that a trademark owner who files a complaint must convince the arbitration panel that the “domain name is identical or confusingly similar” to the complainant’s trademark. But neither the UDRP nor the URS define a “domain name.”... read more

Q&A with Author of ‘Domain Name Arbitration’ Book

In the preface to his new book, “Domain Name Arbitration,” author Gerald M. Levine says his work “is principally devoted to explaining the process, jurisprudence, and demands of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, popularly referred to by its acronym, UDRP.” The book is, as I said in a testimonial printed on the back cover, “an important, thorough and incredibly helpful guide for navigating the UDRP.” Here, Levine answers some questions I had about his book and the UDRP: Q: Why did you write this book? A: This goes back to 2004, maybe even 2003 when a... read more

‘A whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names’

That’s what the World Trademark Review said about Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm.

An attorney, entrepreneur, author, professor and domain name arbitrator, Doug helps companies of all sizes protect their brands on the Internet.

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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.