The URS is one of several new Rights Protection Mechanisms available in the New gTLD Program. It complements the existing UDRP by offering a lower-cost, faster path to relief for rights holders experiencing the most clear-cut cases of infringement.
The URS Procedure defines the URS claims process. The Rules will help service providers implement URS in a consistent manner.
Since the last URS Procedure was posted on 4 June 2012, minor revisions have been made in the present rather than future tense. Other revisions clarify and simplify some provisions as well as make minor typographical corrections. Also, a set of Rules [PDF, 82 KB] has been developed and added, similar to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) rules, to provide guidance on all aspects of the URS proceedings.
In addition to the Rules posted by ICANN, each URS service provider is expected to produce supplemental rules to help standardize conduct for that provider's interactions with complainants and respondents, but that are not inconsistent with the Procedure or the Rules.
The URS was developed by the community, for the community and is another testament to the multistakeholder model.
Download the URS Procedure [PDF, 168 KB] and Rules [PDF, 82 KB].
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