ICANN Complaint & Compliance Services

PL offers following services under ICANN:

  • Domain name complaints and disputes
  • Administrative proceeding under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-     
  • Resolution Policy
  • Transfer of domain name to a new Registrar
  • Registrar Complaints
  • DMCA complaints
  • Website Takedown

What is ICANN?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is responsible for managing and coordinating the Domain name System to ensure that every address is unique and that all users of the Internet can find all valid addresses. It does this by overseeing the distribution of unique IP addresses and domain names. It also ensures that each domain name maps to the correct IP address.

ICANN is also responsible for accrediting the domain name registrars. "Accredit" means to identify and set minimum standards for the performance of registration functions, to recognize persons or entities meeting those standards, and to enter into an accreditation agreement that sets forth the rules and procedures applicable to the provision of Registrar Services.

Why ICANN arbitration?

ICANN arbitrations are substantially cheaper than federal litigation.
Another advantage of ICANN arbitrations is that results can be obtained more quickly than in litigation (sometimes in 60 days).
PL handles many ICANN arbitration cases on a flat fee basis.

ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP):

This policy essentially attempts to provide a mechanism for rapid, cheap and reasonable resolution of domain name conflicts, avoiding the traditional court system for disputes by allowing cases to be brought to one of a set of bodies that arbitrate domain name disputes. According to ICANN policy, a domain registrant MUST agree to be bound by the UDRP - they cannot get a domain name without agreeing to this.

PL first files a complaint with ICANN under its arbitration procedures and request that the domain be transferred to you. When a domain is registered, the individual or business registering the domain submits to mandatory arbitration in the event of a future dispute.

Is your Mark protected without Registration?

If you feel that someone has registered a domain (containing, say, your business or product name) and is competing against you unfairly, you may be able to assert your "common law trademark rights," even though you have not registered a trademark with the federal government. Common law trademarks have been the basis for both ICANN arbitration complaints and complaints under the federal ACPA. If you would like to know whether you can assert common law trademark rights in your domain dispute, please submit your matter using our online submission form.

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