ICANN Names MFSD Center as a Provider of Uniform Rapid Suspension System

On December 16, 2015, ICANN announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with MFSD thus joining the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) as URS providers.

MFSD Srl, headquartered in Italy, is the first European URS provider since WIPO’s negotiations to be responsible for the administration of URS procedures were unsuccessful.

As a reminder and in the context of the introduction of new domain name extensions in 2013 (new gTLDs), ICANN developed the URS procedure to complement the UDRP procedure. This new simplified procedure reduces costs and constitutes a faster solution for trademark holders.

Although the benefits of the URS procedure are rapidity and simplicity, the UDRP procedure, on the other hand, aims to eliminate the hassle completely. Choosing between those two procedures will then be determined by the implementation of a strong and effective strategy, in accordance with the actual value of the domain name for the trademark holder and the objective to be achieved (see article “Does the URS procedure benefit trademark owners? The situation two years later after its implementation”).

URS providers must meet several requirements and demonstrate a perfect understanding of global issues related to intellectual property rights and the Internet.

MFSD has vast experience and expertise in the out-of-courts resolution of disputes involving intellectual property.

Founded in 2000, MFSD has been accredited by Registry .it in 2001 as .it domain name dispute resolution service provider. It has also been authorised as Intellectual Property Mediation Center by the Italian Ministry of Justice in 2012.

On January 28, 2016, Nathalie Dreyfus has been appointed as a panellist in the MFSD Centre. She is the first panellist of this Centre having French as mother tongue.

Dreyfus offers to assist you with any URS procedure worldwide considering the best strategy for the promotion and protection of your rights.