To receive further comment on the Arab Center for Domain Name Dispute Resolution's revised proposal to serve as one of the official dispute resolution service providers for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose
ICANN has received a revised 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.
Section II: Background
The ACDR's proposal was initially posted for public comment in September 2010. The Comments can be viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/acdr-proposal/, and the summary and analysis of comments is available at http://forum.icann.org/lists/acdr-proposal/msg00007.html. The revised proposal under consideration today takes into account many of the comments received. For example, the ACDR's proposal now provides a meaningful limitation of 50 cases per month during the start up process. In the version that was originally posted for public comment, the ACDR requested a limitation of 5000 cases.
Section III: Relevant Resources
The ACDR's Revised Proposal and Relevant Annexures are available as follows:
- ACDR Proposal [PDF, 145 KB]
- Annex 1 – ACDR Initial List of Panelists [PDF, 99 KB]
- Annex 2 – ACDR Screening Process [PDF, 56 KB]
- Annex 3 – ACDR Supplemental Rules [PDF, 101 KB]
As provided for within the process, the ACDR has requested that its internal operating rules be maintained as confidential.
Section IV: Additional Information
Commenters are requested to limit their comments to the substance of the ACDR's revised proposal.