Amid the ongoing global debate on climate change, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), has said it will launch paperless procedures in matters relating to domain name disputes from tomorrow.
The development is expected to substantially improve the efficiency of the mechanism by reducing the time and cost involved in submitting such applications and to save up to 1 million pages of paper filed per year, making it a greener and largely paperless procedure, the Geneva-based WIPO said.
“From Monday, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will launch essentially paperless UDRP procedures. This removes the requirement for mandatory filing and notification of paper pleadings in WIPO cases filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP),” it said. The WIPO adopted the UDRP, a quick and cost effective dispute resolution procedure targeting cybersquatters, about a decade ago.
UDRP provides trademark owners with an administrative mechanism for the efficient resolution of disputes arising out of the bad-faith registration and use by third parties of internet domain names corresponding to those trademark rights.