Preparing a UDRP complaint—before you start
Produced in partnership with Emily Taylor of Oxford Information Labs
Preparing a UDRP complaint—before you start

The following TMT practice note produced in partnership with Emily Taylor of Oxford Information Labs provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Preparing a UDRP complaint—before you start
  • Preliminary considerations
  • Is the UDRP the right option?
  • Assessing the merits
  • The client’s mark and the domain name
  • Use of the domain name
  • Chances of success
  • Identifying the Registrant
  • Finding the Registrant using WHOIS
  • Does the Respondent have form?
  • More...

Preparing a UDRP complaint—before you start

This Practice Note covers the considerations to be taken into account before drafting a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) complaint in a potential domain name dispute. It covers:

  1. Preliminary considerations

  2. Is UDRP the right option?

  3. Assessing the merits

  4. Identifying the Registrant

  5. Contacting the Registrant

  6. Pre-UDRP checklist

See also Precedents: Letter of claim—abusive domain name registration (UDRP) and UDRP complaint.

Drafting a UDRP complaint is not the first step you will take when you are handling a potential domain name dispute. This note will take you through the things you should consider before you get started. If you follow these steps, many of the potential disputes will fall away—saving you or your client time and money, and if you do end up drafting a UDRP complaint, you can feel more confident that you have laid the groundwork for some of the more difficult elements.

This Practice Note and accompanying precedents draw on guidance and decisions prepared by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Other accredited UDRP providers are listed on Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s website and include:

  1. Forum (formerly known as the National Arbitration Forum or NAF)—Forum has handled a large number of cases with the majority of its panelists being from the US

  2. the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)

  3. the Czech Arbitration

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