The UDRP “Celebrates” Its 500th Reverse Domain Name Hijacking Case

Kamila Sekiewicz Blog

Yesterday, for the 500th time, an expert panel under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy or “UDRP”, issued a decision finding a Complainant guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking or “RDNH”. RDNH is an attempt to egregiously misuse the UDRP to unjustly seize a domain name from its lawful owner.

ICANN, the Internet’s domain name overseer, established its anti-cybersquatting policy known as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy or “UDRP” on August 26, 1999. The UDRP is intended to offer trademark owners a speedy, efficient and low-cost means to remedy instances of cybersquatting by enabling the trademark owners to take ownership of domain names that target their brands in bad faith.

To-date, the UDRP has adjudicated over 80,000 domain name disputes. The vast majority of them result in the transfer of a cybersquatted domain name to the rightful trademark owner.

ICA’s Board Member, Nat Cohen, and General Counsel Zak Muscovitch co-authored a fantastic article on CircleID, which looks back at the RDNH, its applications, strengths, and limitations. We highly recommend you read it!