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that will allow parties to a dispute to file a complaint and a response online;
this will be a secure online channel for the parties’ use. The service went
live on November 6, 2019, in conjunction with the annual ICANN conference
being held in Montreal.
Over its 30 years of dispute resolution administration and its work for
CIRA, the Centre identified a strong need for parties in North and South
America to be able to choose their dispute resolution forum and to resolve
the current requirement to file multiple proceedings to resolve cybersquatting
issues involving both .ca and other domains such as .com. CIIDRC will
now provide a one-stop domain name dispute resolution platform in
Canada. CIIDRC already has an impressive roster of 30 impartial and professional
panelists who have earned high regard in international legal circles.
Our mission is to deliver a neutral, efficient, cost-effective and
expedited online dispute resolution platform built on professionalism,
impeccable reputation and a global perspective.
CIIDRC has a two-tier fee structure that includes a non-refundable filing
fee of US$425 due when a complaint is filed, followed by a panel fee of
US$1,000 payable at the time of the appointment. This differs from the current
UDRP providers’ practices, which require all fee payments at the time
of filing (although WIPO typically offers a partial refund if a case is terminated
before the panel is appointed). CIIDRC’s total fees are comparable to
those of the two leading UDRP providers: WIPO and the Forum.
UDRP filings are at an all-time high, and it is expected that CIIDRC will
initially handle about 200 UDRP cases per year, in addition to its normal
commercial, CIRA and underinsured motorist protection caseload, which is
expected to be up thirty per cent from 2018. WIPO reported that it handled
3,074 new UDRP cases in 2017 and 3,452 in 2018.
CIIDRC is committed not only to administering domain name disputes,
but also to working actively with ICANN and the existing UDRP providers
to improve the effectiveness of the UDRP by developing resources for policy
and case law interpretation.
This new opportunity will promote Vancouver, British Columbia and
Canada as an international centre for dispute resolution, with the goal of
expanding the reputation of CIIDRC and its parent, the Centre, as a preferred
international dispute resolution centre.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
In other Centre news, we are pleased to announce that Joe McArthur, Laura
Cundari and David Gruber have joined the Centre’s board of directors as
part of a program to rejuvenate and diversify board membership.