Domain Name Dispute Resolution: An Indian Perspective

With ever-increasing premiums for domain names differences between Indian and international dispute resolution policies are cause for concern, explain Pravin Anand and Raunaq Kamath.

The value of online real estate has increased dramatically. Cyber-squatters all over the world are registering domain names in bulk, a presumably easy way to ensure a quick profit. Rights holders are, therefore, increasingly resorting to dispute resolution mechanisms to recover domain names.

While the .IN Dispute Resolution Policy, overseen by the National Internet Exchange of India, and the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy follow similar procedure, the INDRP remains unique. Its distinctness lies in the three criteria which a complainant must satisfy under the three respective policies.

This article was published in Trademarks, Brands and the Internet 2013.

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