Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) & Dispute Resolutions Procedures (DRPs)
The ICANN community developed several rights protection mechanisms and dispute resolutions procedures below to support a trusted marketplace. They were implemented for the New gTLD Program to mitigate potential risks to rights holders that could arise in the expansion of the new gTLD namespace, and to help create efficiencies for registration service providers among gTLD launches.
- Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) - The PICDRP addresses complaints that a registry may not be complying with the Public Interest Commitment(s) in Specification 11 of their Registry Agreement.
- Registration Restrictions Dispute Resolution Procedure (RRDRP) - RRDRP is intended to address circumstances in which a community-based New gTLD registry operator deviates from the registration restrictions outlined in its Registry Agreement.
- Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) – The TMCH is a repository for trademark data supporting rights-protection services offered by new gTLD registries. The purpose of the TMCH is to facilitate the sunrise services and trademark claims services.
- Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) Requirements - The TMCH requirements are the rights protection mechanisms related to the Trademark Clearinghouse specified in Section 1 of Specification 7 to the Registry Agreement between the ICANN organization and registry operator. These trademark protections were developed by the ICANN community for incorporation into the New gTLD Program.
- Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (PDDRP) - The PDDRP is intended to cover trademark post-delegation dispute resolution proceedings generally, and addresses a registry operator's complicity in trademark infringement on the first or second level of a New gTLD.
- Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) - The URS is a rights protection mechanism that complements the existing Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) by offering a lower-cost, faster path to relief for rights holders experiencing the most clear-cut cases of infringement.