ICANN’s new dispute system called Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is gaining traction with intellectual property owners because of the lower cost and simplified process.
Originally created to help trademark holders deal with the deluge of New GTLDs, it is now the favorite of some law firms looking to save their clients the US$2,000 filing fee for UDRP. The price for a URS filing of up to 14 domains is just US$375.
Three requirements must be met with the following evidence:
- that the registered domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a word mark that (i) is registered as a trademark and currently in use, (ii) has been validated through court proceedings, or (iii) is specifically protected by a statute or treaty;
- that the person that has registered the domain name (the registrant) has no legitimate right or interest to the domain name;
- that the domain was registered and is being used in bad faith.
So far there have been over 400 cases decided with the vast majority resulting in favor of the complainant.