How to Perform a UDRP Domain Dispute Review

How to Perform a UDRP Domain Dispute Review

During our evaluation of a domain name’s prior history, we typically perform a check of UDRP domain disputes. The UDRP is also called the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy, established by ICANN. It is a policy that allows you (or your company) to file a formal complaint and dispute the ownership of a domain name.

When performing domain name due diligence, it’s important to review all of the former UDRPs to make sure they domain name has not been the subject of a UDRP in the past. If I was buying a domain name, I would want to make sure that the domain hasn’t been the subject of a UDRP because if it was, then most likely there would be headaches if you owned that name. To properly defend your ownership of the name, you need to hire a domain name lawyer like Stevan Lieberman, John Berryhill, or Karen Bernstein, which can be expensive. If you ever need UDRP representation, there’s a good list here.

To see if a domain name has been the subject of a UDRP dispute, you can search here:
http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/

UDRP domain search

Enter the domain name in the “Search WIPO Cases by Domain Name” field and click “Search”.

If the domain name was not the subject of a UDRP domain dispute in the past, then it should have the following result:

UDRP domain dispute search result

One more way that you can also see if there are any UDRPs out there is to use Google. Search the following in Google, if example.com is the domain name you’re searching this for:
example.com UDRP

You may want to also search for the word in the domain name (the domain without the extension) as well to make sure it hasn’t been mentioned. But if you have no results, then you should be safe to assume it wasn’t the subject of a UDRP domain dispute in the past.

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