Note: These instructions summarize certain portions of the Department of Commerce's usTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (usDRP), usDRP Rules, and the FORUM's usDRP Supplemental Rules that concern the filing of a Complaint. This summary is not a substitute for reading and understanding the Rules governing this proceeding.
File usDRP Complaints Properly
Parties interested in filing a usDRP Complaint must do so according to the usDRP Rules and the FORUM’s usDRP Supplemental Rules. Please read and review these rules prior to filing your Complaint.
If you would like to file your Complaint online, prepare your complaint utilizing our Model Formand proceed to our Online Filing for usDRP Complaints page.
Prepare Your usDRP Complaint
Locate and refer frequently to the usDRP Policy and Rulesincluding the Forum’s usDRP Supplemental Rules. The Model Form will walk you through each element required under Rule 3.
- You will need information refarding the Complainant, the Respondent, the Registrar, and the domain name.
- You need to provide information on the trademark(s) at issue. If you do not have a trademark, your complaint is likely to be dismissed by the Panel and your money will not be returned.
- Describe the grounds on which the Complaint is made. In particular, the Complaint must describe:
- i. The extent to which the domain name(s) is/are identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the Complainant has rights, and
- ii. Why the Respondent (domain name holder) should be considered as having no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name(s) that is/are the subject of the Complaint, and
- iii. Why the domain name(s) should be considered as having been registered or used in bad faith.
- Know whether you want the domain name(s) cancelled or transferred to you. If you elect “transfer”, you should know how to make that happen if you prevail.
- Tell the panel about any other legal procedings you’re involved with that relate to the domain name(s).
- You need to know what mutual jurisdiction you are willing to agree to.
- Be prepared to pay the Fee up front.
- Review the Rules and familiarize yourself with the timelines. If you miss a deadline your case will be dismissed without a refund.
- All communication is sent via email and/or the Forum’s online portal.
File Your usDRP Complaint
Pursuant to Supp. Rule 4(d), you may file your Complaint online via this website, or send the Complaint, along with any other attached evidence, and a copy of the usTLD Dispute Resolution Policy to email@example.com. The Complaint and attachments should be in Microsoft Word, PC format.
Please note that the usDRP no longer requires hard copies of the complaint or the annexes.
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