Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy

September 01, 2013  |     |     |   0 Comment

Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (or UDRP) is a policy set up by ICANN to resolve disputes involving trademark infringements on registered domain names. UDRP is the legal process a domain name or trademark owner follows if she wishes to file a legal complaint against another party regarding that party’s infringement on her domain name or trademark.

The disputes are resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a registrar can legally cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name to the winner of the resolved dispute. ICANN provides a list of approved dispute-resolution service providers.

According to ICANN “To invoke the policy, a trademark owner should either (a) file a complaint in a court of proper jurisdiction against the domain-name holder (or where appropriate an in-rem action concerning the domain name) or (b) in cases of abusive registration submit a complaint to an approved dispute-resolution service provider” (Source: ICANN.org)

Disputes generally involve cybersquatting. As a website buyer, as part of your due diligence, be sure to do a UDRP Dispute Search of the UDRP online database to verify that the domain name of the website you’re acquiring is not involved in any pending UDRP disputes.


Kris Tabetando provides mergers & acquisitions (M&A) advisory and brokerage services to Internet companies. He also partners with investors to acquire & manage Internet businesses.

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