[Gnso-epdp-team] Purpose M - UDRP Information

Margie Milam margiemilam at fb.com
Sat Nov 3 01:55:53 UTC 2018


Following up on the action items for this item, please find attached our suggested changes to Purpose M, which include input from the IPC and the BC.  We have asked for these additions because it is important to ensure that the complainant is able to fully assess the strength of the claim and the nature of the bad faith of the registrant in order to prove the elements of the dispute resolution process (URS/UDRP).   To avoid the filing of ungrounded  UDRP complaints, this purpose is fulfilled by making the disclosure before the complaint is filed.

Also with regard to the other dispute resolution processes, we note that PDDRPs can be brought based on systemic registrant behavior, and thus there may be instances where this purpose would be relied on to access registrant contact data.  Under the PDDRP, the subject matter of the dispute is the gTLD and its use by the operator - including any second-level domain names registered to the registry operator or a related third-party, to the extent the registry operator is complicit in trademark infringement.

Similarly RRDRPs are available to complainants to prove a registry is not complying with its registration restrictions, which may require access to registration data, as it relates to the registration restriction.  For example, if there is a TLD that is limited to registrants located in a particular geographic region, those elements would need to be accessed for this purpose.
There are also registries that have specific RPMs that would fall under this purpose.  For example some registries have voluntarily adopted RPMs in their contracts, which would also appear to fall in this Purpose M category (for example, .XXX added a “Rapid Evaluation Service Policy” procedure in their registry agreement to address abusive registrations).
Finally, to address Kristina’s concern about potential abuse, there are ways to address this so that it is not grounds for a phishing expedition, such as:

  *   Requiring the trademark holder to represent that they have a good faith intent to file a UDRP or other dispute resolution mechanism or cybersquatting action
  *   Dispute resolution providers should be able to audit requests to ensure that the requester filed a UDRP/URS or legal complaint, or in good faith determined that no grounds existed.
Have a great weekend everybody!

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