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The .pw Registry Adopts Uniform Rapid Suspension, ICANN’s Latest Rights Protection Mechanism

The .pw Registry Adopts Uniform Rapid Suspension, ICANN’s Latest Rights Protection Mechanism

The .pw Registry today announced its adoption of  the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), ICANN’s latest rights protection mechanism, making it the first TLD to do so.

The Uniform Rapid Suspension provides trademark holders with faster protection against infringement than the existing Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

One of our goals in the adoption of URS is also to help the community by ensuring a more refined and predictable experience when the URS roll-out takes place across more than a thousand new gTLDs.
– Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head, The .pw Registry.

Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head, The .pw Registry.

Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head, The .pw Registry.

In case of domain infringement, URS  immediately suspends the infringing domain and then proceeds to a trial, in contrast to UDRP, a more expensive and long process which awards ownership of a domain to the winner of a dispute.

URS also charges trial fees from the unsuccessful applicant to discourage  infringement and wrongful cases.

“The National Arbitration Forum is pleased that .pw Registry has selected the URS as one of its dispute resolution options,” said Kristine Dorrain, Director of Internet and IP Services, National Arbitration Forum.

“Currently, .pw Registry is the first and only voluntary adopter of URS, in advance of the new gTLD program.  The adoption of URS, in addition to UDRP, demonstrates .pw Registry’s commitment to protecting the .pw domain name space from cybersquatting activity,” she added.

“Proactive abuse mitigation is one of our primary tenets.  URS offers brand owners a highly effective, quick and inexpensive mechanism to eliminate names that violate their trademarks. We are glad to be leading from the front by becoming the first extension globally to adopt it,” said Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head, The .pw Registry.

“The URS is a compulsory feature for all new gTLDs and our advance implementation will give NAF, brand owners, registries, registrars and ICANN an opportunity to test its effectiveness in a live environment. One of our goals in the adoption of URS is also to help the community by ensuring a more refined and predictable experience when the URS roll-out takes place across more than a thousand new gTLDs. To that end, we will be sharing our implementation lessons and best practices with the community in addition to opening a communication channel to relay policy related feedback to ICANN and NAF,” he added.

Here is more information on the URS and how to file a URS complaint.

.PW top level domain has seen   250,000 registrations since it was made  available to general public 3 months earlier.

In an Interview with DailyHostNews post his WHD.India 2013 session, Sandeep Ramchandani said “The response to .PW has been phenomenal. Our goal when we started .PW was to get 100,000 domain names registered in the first year, which was quite challenging because we hadn’t seen too many other comparable TLDs reach that, but we hit 100,000 in the first 20 days since we launched.”

More information on .PW TLD is available on the official website.

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