How Successful is the Current Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy?

August 25, 2011, 05:49 PM

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently sought comment on the current state of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The UDRP dictates how domain name disputes are resolved, and all domain name registrars and anyone who registers a domain name must agree to follow the UDRP for disputes. In response to the request for comment, the National Arbitration Forum (Forum) submitted a five page letter commenting on the current state of the UDRP. The Forum is one of the entities which resolves disputes under the UDRP, and it has handled over 16,000 domain name disputes. The Forums response to ICANNs request for comment provides interesting insight into its administration of disputes under the UDRP. Kristan B. Burch is Co-Chair of the firms Intellectual Property Law and Franchising Practice Group. She regularly serves as counsel in intellectual property matters in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. —Kristan B. Burch