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ACDR Proposal to be Recognized as an Official Dispute Resolution Provider Under the UDRP

Open: 28 September 2010
Closed: 28 October 2010

Explanation/Background: ICANN has received a proposal from the Arab Center for Domain Name Dispute Resolution (ACDR) to be recognized as one of the official dispute resolution providers under the UDRP. The proposal was submitted pursuant to the process specified at http://www.icann.org/en/dndr/udrp/provider-approval-process.htm.

The ACDR is jointly established by the Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS) and the Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP), with headquarters in Amman, Jordan and additional offices in other Arab Countries. Both the AIPMAS (established in 1987) and ASIP promote the activities of the Arab Center of Mediation and Arbitration, established in 2003, active in resolving conflicts related to intellectual property through international arbitrators. If approved, the ACDR would be the first Approved UDRP Dispute Resolution Service Provider headquartered in an Arab state.

At its 5 August 2010 meeting, the Board approved staff's recommendation to publish the ACDR proposal for a public comment for a period of not less than 30 days.

Upon completion of the public comment period, ICANN staff will analyze the comments received and evaluate further recommendations to the Board on proceeding with the ACDR proposal.

The proposal and relevant annexures are attached below.

Those wishing to comment are encouraged to do so and to make their comments not later than 5:00 pm PDT 28 October 2010 (0:00 UTC on 29 October 2010).

Staff member responsible: Samantha Eisner

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