The registry briefly examines each application for a domain name and rejects applications which manifestly violate the rights attached to a distinctive third-party sign. Otherwise, the soundness of the rights to use domain names is not verified and disputes arising from the use of domain names in connection with the rights attached to distinctive signs are governed by civil law.
In order to guarantee holders of marks a fast, advantageous and simple method of recovering a domain name held by a holder acting in bad faith, ICANN has established the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
In addition to the UDRP, ICANN has also set up an even faster, and more cost-effective, procedure for cases of the most flagrant violations. This is the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS).
Furthermore, ICANN has put in place several alternative methods of conflict resolution which make it possible to complain about the conduct of a registry:
- Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (Trademark PDDRP),
- Registration Restriction Dispute Resolution Procedure (RRDRP),
- Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Process (PICDRP)