ICANN veröffentlicht Uniform Rapid Suspension Procedure und Uniform Rapid Suspension Rules

Nachdem mit dem National Arbitration Forum ein erster Streitbeilegungsanbieter gefunden werden konnte, hat die ICANN nun die Uniform Rapid Suspension Procedure und Uniform Rapid Suspension Rules veröffentlicht. Mit dem Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) sollte im Zuge der Einführung der neuen Top-Level-Domains ein weiterer Schutzmechanismus eingeführt werden, der es Markeninhabern ermöglicht, auf schnellem Weg gegen missbräuchliche Domainregistrierung und Domainbenutzung vorzugehen.

Nach § 1.2.6 der Procedure kann eine Webseite gesperrt werden, wenn folgende Voraussetzungen vorliegen:

1.2.6 An indication of the grounds upon which the Complaint is based setting forth facts showing that the Complaining Party is entitled to relief, namely: that the registered domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a word mark: (i) for which the Complainant holds a valid national or regional registration and that is in current use; or (ii) that has been validated through court proceedings; or (iii) that is specifically protected by a statute or treaty in effect at the time the URS complaint is filed.

a. Use can be shown by demonstrating that evidence of use – which can be a declaration and one specimen of current use in commerce– was submitted to, and validated by, the Trademark Clearinghouse)

b. Proof of use may also be submitted directly with the URS Complaint. and that the Registrant has no legitimate right or interest to the domainname;and that the domain was registered and is being used in bad faith.

A non-exclusive list of circumstances that demonstrate bad faith registration and use by the Registrant include:

a. Registrant has registered or acquired the domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark or to a competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of documented out-of pocket costs directly related to the domain name; or

b. Registrant has registered the domain name in order to prevent the trademark holder or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding domain name, provided that Registrant has engaged in a pattern of such conduct; or

c. Registrant registered the domain name primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business of a competitor; or

d. By using the domain name Registrant has intentionally attempted to attract for commercial gain, Internet users to Registrant’s web site or other on-line location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainant’s mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of Registrant’s web site or location or of a product or service on that web site or location.

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