All registrars in the .com, .net, and .org top-level domains follow the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (often referred to as the "UDRP"). Under the policy, most types of trademark-based domain-name disputes must be resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name. Disputes alleged to arise from abusive registrations of domain names (for example, cybersquatting) may be addressed by expedited administrative proceedings that the holder of trademark rights initiates by filing a complaint with an approved dispute-resolution service provider.
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.
The following documents provide details:
- Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy -- This policy is followed by all registrars.
- Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy -- These rules are followed by all dispute-resolution service providers, with supplementation by each provider's supplemental rules.
- List of Approved Dispute -- Resolution Service Providers
- Information Concerning Approval Process for Dispute -- Resolution Service Providers