I recently compiled a list of country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) that have adopted the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) -- but, that list does not represent all of the TLDs to which the UDRP applies.
Shortly after I recently wrote about WIPO's new role as a domain name dispute provider for the .eu ccTLD, the Forum published its first decision on another type of "eu" domain name: eu.com.
I've said many times that winning a domain name dispute under the URS is much more challenging than under the UDRP. But, that doesn't mean trademark owners should take the UDRP for granted. One complainant learned that lesson an especially hard way – first by losing a URS determination and then by losing a UDRP decision on the same domain name.
WIPO, the leading provider of domain name disputes under the UDRP, has been appointed as a service provider for .eu disputes, as of June 1, 2017. Previously, the only provider of dispute services for the .eu top-level domain was the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) -- also a UDRP provider -- which has handled about 1,200 .eu disputes since 2006.
The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is certainly the most frequently used tool to combat cybersquatting -- but, it is not always an option. Many countries have adopted their own domain name dispute policies -- or none at all -- in lieu of the UDRP.