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IP: ICANN Announces CPR Institute as New Dispute Resolution Provider
From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 12:20:24 -0700




ICANN Announces CPR Institute as New Dispute Resolution Provider

(May 15, 2000 - Marina del Rey, California, USA) -- The Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today
that the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution has been designated
an approved provider under their Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy
(UDRP) for domain name disputes. CPR will begin accepting complaints
on Monday, 22 May 2000. For the first two months of operation it
will commence a maximum of twenty proceedings per month.

CPR, a widely respected alliance of 500 general counsel of global
corporations and partners of major law firms, is the fourth dispute
resolution provider to be designated by ICANN to handle domain
disputes, joining the National Arbitration Forum, the
Disputes.org/eResolution Consortium, and the World Intellectual
Property Organization. The members of the CPR Domain Name Disputes
Panel are listed at the CPR website, see <http://www.cpradr.org>.

The UDRP was adopted in August 1999 and placed into effect by all
competitive registrars in .com, .org and .net during December 1999 -
January 2000. It establishes a streamlined, economical process
administered by neutral arbitration companies to provide a quick
and cheap alternative to litigation. The procedure applies to cases
that meet all three of the following criteria:

  * The domain name must be identical or confusingly similar to a
    name in which the complaining party has trademark rights (either
    through a registered trademark or a common-law trademark).

  * The domain name holder must have no legitimate right or
    interest in the name.

  * The domain name must have been registered and used in bad faith.

In its first few months of operation, the UDRP has proven to be a
very popular means of quickly resolving trademark/domain name disputes.
To date, 691 proceedings have been commenced under the policy involving
1022 domain names. Of those proceedings, 348 have already been resolved.

For additional information on UDRP, see
<http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp.htm>.


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