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VOL. 78 PART 1 JANUARY 2020
A VIEW FROM
By Leslie E. Maerov*
INTERNET DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre (“CIIDRC”),
a division of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration
Centre (the “Centre”), has been accepted by the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), the organization responsible for
maintaining and coordinating Internet Protocol addresses and the Domain
Name System, as a dispute resolution service provider for the Uniform
Doman-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”). The Centre has been
providing respected dispute resolution administration services since 1986.
UDRP is a process established by ICANN that applies to all generic toplevel
domains (“gTLDs”) such as .com, .org and .net and allows trademark
owners to protect their valuable trademark rights by seeking transfer or
cancellation of disputed domain names. The Centre has been successfully
managing the country code top level .ca domain name disputes for the
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (“CIRA”) for the last 16 years.
CIIDRC is the second UDRP provider in the Western Hemisphere and
only the sixth UDRP provider worldwide, joining the World Intellectual
Property Organization (“WIPO”) (Geneva), the Forum (Minneapolis), the
Czech Arbitration Court (Prague), the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution
Centre (Hong Kong and Beijing) and the Arab Center for Domain Name
Dispute Resolution (Amman).
For the last 20 years, over 60,000 domain name disputes have been
brought by domain and trademark owners under UDRP. The number of
gTLDs continues to grow, increasing from 22 in 2012 to over 1,300 in 2018.
CIIDRC has established an interactive online dispute resolution platform
* Leslie A. Maerov is the interim chair of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre. He is a commercial
arbitrator and solicitor.