[bc-gnso] RE: Revised Draft #3 of UDRP Provider Standard Mechanisms Position Paper

Kladouras Konstantinos kkladouras at ote.gr
Thu Oct 21 12:06:25 UTC 2010

Dear BC members,

We are carefully monitoring on-line discussions regarding the draft BC position on UDRP arbitration providers and we thank the drafters and contributors. We are not experts on this issue, but while searching the ICANN site for relevant official information we found that:

1)       The approved dispute resolution service providers are 4 and not 2 (see http://www.icann.org/en/dndr/udrp/approved-providers.htm). The draft BC position speaks about "... an effective duopoly of UDRP providers (WIPO and NAF)...." Therefore, the draft needs to be corrected. In addition, without taking a positive or negative position as regards the BC draft, but in order to better understand the issue, what do we answer to those who may ask, but what about the approval of the Chinese Centre or of the Czech Centre?

2)       In page http://www.icann.org/en/udrp/#proceedings, under "Approval Process for Dispute Resolution Service Providers" it is stated that:

"ICANN is not currently soliciting additional dispute resolution service providers; however, interested parties may contact ICANN on an individual basis to express their interest. The procedures used for approving providers in the past are provided for reference below."

Does anybody know if there is such a "decision" and what it says? If there is such a 'decision" (and a reasoning), perhaps the BC could use in the arguing.

We understand that time is limited, but we would appreciate if anyone can provide clarifications on the above, in order to understand the issue and to shape a view.

Best regards,


Konstantin KLADOURAS

Chairman ETNO IGV-WG


Directorate General for Regulatory Affairs

99 Kifissias Ave., GR-151 24 Maroussi GREECE

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