Benefits of ADR

Alternate Dispute Resolution presents an efficient and cost-effective mechanism to resolve disputes of a complex nature, benefiting from experience of highly qualified experts who are renowned internationally. Furthermore, the process is characterized by a conciliatory atmosphere which fosters dispute mechanisms that are confidential, informal, voluntary, and impartial.

The Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) has accreditation from ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). ICANN has developed an extremely useful procedure for dispute resolution to handle domain-name holder problems. It is the central entity enabling organization and management of a diverse array of Internet concerns. Its importance and mission  are organizing and promoting development of predictable rules-based guidance for a more secure and stable Internet. With this in view, following in-depth consultations with ICANN on a wide array of IP issues, as well as on the requirements for effective dispute settlement, the ACDR has adopted the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, UDRP Rules and its own Supplemental Rules. These rules govern the administration of domain name dispute resolution to better address the concerns of domain-name holders.

The Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) was established to provide up-to-date information and transparent reliable professional services and expertise in the area of dispute settlement with a view to advancing the most relevant jurisprudence and international legal trends, furthering the most advanced practices in the field of Intellectual Property.

ACDR has an excellent base of Intellectual Property professionals that are renowned in this field. The Center has chosen those with accredited memberships in their relevant associations and with proven track records in Dispute Settlement.  We have confidence in their ability to achieve  settlements while addressing the most salient concerns of IP law.

Based on UDRP Rules, a complaint is submitted via electronic mail. Electronic submissions have the advantage of reducing dependency on heavy paper submissions. Maximum file size for such submissions cannot exceed 50 MB (Please refer to our FAQs section for more details). Submissions pursuant to the mandatory pleadings requirement do not require hard copy versions. The Center only utilizes hard copy versions when providing written notice of proceeding.

As the sole accredited Mediation Center for Domain Name Dispute Resolution in the Middle East region, the ACDR is uniquely positioned to address domain name issues pertinent to the region, while maintaining an international, multicultural disposition to case settlement. It should be noted that the Center has access to panelists who have in-depth knowledge in IP matters. The Center implements  well-established procedure while at the same time developing flexibility to address requirements of each  particular case.

Utilizing the UDRP Policy

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) came into force in December 1999. It has been adopted by ICANN-accredited registrars in all gTLDs (.aero, .asia, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .info, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tel and .travel). The UDRP policy utilizes a separate set of supplemental rules for certain other TLD’s.

While ACDR will administer the commonly accepted policies, practices and procedures of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, caution should be used by practitioners regarding the type of application submitted. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (below) is applicable across all generic Top Level Domains (gTLD’s) and country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLD’s). It is worth noting that applicability of the UDRP  depends on  whether the UDRP clause is included in the Registration Agreement.

As the groundbreaking leader in dispute resolution in the Middle East, the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR), has the depth of knowledge, expertise and experience to deal with complex and advanced Intellectual Property issues, striving to resolve  disputes fairly, economically and expeditiously.