Uniform Rapid Suspension: an assessment one year on - World Trademark Review

Uniform Rapid Suspension: an assessment one year on

By Susan Payne

As the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) celebrates its first birthday, an analysis of the 100-plus cases decided so far reveals some interesting trends, as well as some pointers for where the URS is best suited and where other routes might produce a better result.

The Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) was developed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as part of its new generic top-level domain (gTLD) programme. The URS, which is now a year old, was designed as a rapid dispute resolution procedure and alternative to the longstanding Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) for clear cases of domain name abuse. The first decision under the URS was Facebok.pw, which was issued in September 2013, although use really began in earnest in February 2014, when actions relating to the new gTLD registries began. At the time of writing in late September, more than 100 cases have now been decided, allowing us to begin to see trends and learn lessons – albeit with some difficulty given the brevity of the URS decisions.

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