[At-Large] Fwd: ICANN Appoints First URS Provider

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 14:36:58 UTC 2013


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From: ICANN News Alert <communications at icann.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM
Subject: ICANN News Alert -- ICANN Appoints First URS Provider
To: carlton.samuels at gmail.com

 [image: ICANN] <http://www.icann.org/> News Alert

ICANN Appoints First URS Provider

20 February 2013

The National Arbitration Forum <http://www.adrforum.com/> (FORUM) has
secured the first appointment by ICANN to administer the Uniform Rapid
Suspension System (URS). FORUM submitted an outstanding proposal
demonstrating how it would meet all requirements presented in the
RFI<http://www.icann.org/en/news/rfps/urs-24sep12-en.pdf>[PDF, 112 KB]
and detailing its implementation approach. The company has a
proven track record boasting resolution of over 19,000 claims in 12+ years
of administering UDRP cases. Additionally, FORUM has already developed, and
is currently operating a TLD-specific rapid relief system.

ICANN would like to thank everyone who responded to the RFI. FORUM will be
one of multiple providers appointed to administer URS services. The process
will be similar to that of appointing UDRP providers in which consideration
is given to achieving competitive provisioning and geographical spread of

URS is a rights protection mechanism for new gTLDs that facilitates rapid
suspension of domain names in clear-cut cases of trademark infringement. It
is intended to complement the existing Uniform Domain-Name Dispute
Resolution Policy (UDRP) by offering a lower-cost, faster path to

Learn more about Uniform Rapid

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