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 transfer of the domain name.
The difference in remedies between the UDRP and the URS is not the only consideration for a trademark owner thinking about how to proceed. In many cases, for example, the URS is not even an option, give that it applies almost exclusively to the new gTLDs (and not to traditional TLDs such as the most popular .com).
So, in the interest of providing a quick overview of the important differences between the UDRP and the URS, I have prepared the following chart with brief summaries:
|Applicable TLDs||Traditional gTLDs and New gTLDs||New gTLDs|
|Applicable trademarks||Registered or common law||Registered, validated by court, or protected by statute or treaty|
|Burden of proof||Preponderance of evidence||Clear and convincing evidence|
|Language||Language of registration agreement (subject to exceptions)||English|
|Typical filing fee||$1,500 (WIPO)||$375 (The Forum)|
|Complaint word limit||5,000 words (WIPO)||500 words (The Forum)|
|Precedent||Tens of thousands of decisions over 15+ years||A few hundred decisions (without explanation) over past 1+ year|
|Number of annexes||Unlimited||3 (The Forum)|
|Timeline||About 60 days from filing to decision||About 17 days from filing to determination|
|Remedy||Transfer or cancellation||Temporary suspension|