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UDRP: General Information

To begin with, the UDRP stands for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. The UDRP is a mean through which trademark owners can seek protection of their rights in cases where they have been violated by someone who have registered a domain name identical or similar to the trademark. It is important to know that the UDRP is an administrative out-of-court dispute process.

The UDRP was adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and it is used quite frequently. In spite of that the UDRP is often found to be a subject of criticism by those who believe it to be unfair for in many cases it favors large corporations over small businesses and individuals.

We (TAAP) do not agree and will not support such claims. The way we see it, the UDRP exclusively favors trademark owners no matter whether they are large corporations or simply individual domain registrants. Through the years, the UDRP has proved to be quick and very efficient alternative to filing a lawsuit.

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