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March 11, 2009

Cases Span Globe and Help Trademark Holders Protect Rights Online

PRNewswire--The National Arbitration Forum, an international provider of arbitration services, today announced that a total of 1,770 cases were filed in its domain name dispute resolution program in 2008. The National Arbitration Forum is approved by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to provide domain name dispute resolution services under policies like the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

“The world of domain name extensions is constantly expanding, putting trademark holders around the world on high alert and creating challenges for new potential registries,” said Kristine Dorrain, National Arbitration Forum Internet Legal Counsel. “The National Arbitration Forum offers solutions to protect intellectual property rights before or after domain name extensions go live.”

Cases filed with the National Arbitration Forum are heard and decided by Dispute Resolution Panelists who are primarily intellectual property lawyers with specialized domain name, trademark, copyright, and/or e-commerce experience. Panelists are located around the world and can conduct proceedings in several languages including Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Korean.

The following data pertains to the National Arbitration Forum domain name dispute resolution program in 2008 (January 1 to December 31, 2008): 

  • In total, there were 1,770 cases filed. 
  • Nearly all cases filed (98%) involved UDRP domain names, like .com and .org; the rest involved usDRP domain names with the .us extension. 
  • Panelists heard and decided 1,477 cases; parties worked together to settle many of the rest. 
  • By the end of 2008, over 10,600 disputes were filed with the National Arbitration Forum. 
  • Panelists resolved 9,470 of those cases, while the parties settled many of the rest.
Notable 2008 decisions involved trademarks such as American Girl, Anheuser-Busch, Canadian Television, Patrick Dempsey, We The People LLC, and YouTube. National Arbitration Forum domain name dispute proceedings and decisions are available online in a searchable case database.

To file a claim see www.domains.adrforum.com or contact domaindispute[at]adrforum.com. To inquire about generic top-level domain (gTLD) start-up or sunrise services and offerings, contact Internet Legal Counsel Kristine Dorrain. For media inquiries, contact Christina Doucet at 952-516-6486 or media[at]adrforum.com.

About the National Arbitration Forum (FORUM)
An international leader in arbitration and mediation services, the National Arbitration Forum is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The National Arbitration Forum was appointed an approved provider of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 1999. Since then, over 12,000 domain name disputes have been filed worldwide through the National Arbitration Forum's streamlined, online case management system. For more information, visit www.domains.adrforum.com.  

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