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ICANN today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MFSD Srl (MFSD) establishing MFSD as a new Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) provider. The URS is a rights protection mechanism that facilitates the rapid suspension of domain names in clear-cut cases of trademark infringement. It is intended to complement the existing Uniform Domain-Name-Dispute-Resolution (UDRP) policy by offering a lower-cost, faster path to resolution for such clear-cut cases of infringement.
MFSD, headquartered in Italy, is the first European URS provider. MFSD has a proven track record of handling domain name disputes for the .IT ccTLD since 2001. MFSD has also administered cases for the Intellectual Property Mediation Center and Academy authorized by the Italian Ministry of Justice since 2012. Additional URS providers are located in Asia and North America.
URS providers must meet several requirements including a demonstrated understanding of the issues concerning global intellectual property rights and the Internet, proceedings in an expedited online context, dispute resolutions, and serving as globally diverse and highly qualified neutral panelist.
Learn more about Uniform Rapid Suspension.