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Examiners’ Views of URS Procedure and Rules


The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is one of three rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) implemented in 2013 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to protect rights holders from abusive registration of domain names with new gTLD extensions. ICANN states on its website that the URS “complements the existing Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)” and goes on to describe it as “offering a lower-cost, faster path to relief for rights holders experiencing the most clear-cut cases of infringement.”[1] As the URS is currently written it does not apply to legacy gTLDs.

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[1] Statement of policy as expressed on the ICANN website.

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Mr. Levine is the author of a treatise on trademarks, domain names, and cybersquatting, Domain Name Arbitration, A Practical Guide to Asserting and Defending Claims of Cybersquatting under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. (Legal Corner Press, 2015). Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Supplement and Update through August 2016 published January 2017. A Second Edition of the treatise is scheduled for publication January 2019. Forward in both editions by Neil A. Brown, Q.C. Further information at

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