Comment period open to review proposed arbitration provider.
Arab Center for Domain Name Dispute Resolution (ACDR) has sent a proposal to ICANN to become a resolution provider under UDRP. Based in Jordan, ACDR is a joint venture between Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS) and the Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP).
ACDR plans to charge about the same as other UDRP providers for low volume cases. One or two domain names with a single member panel will cost complainants $1,500. A complaint with 11-15 domains will cost $2,700.
The group’s proposal includes a section about “Expedited & eUDRP”, but the description in that section seems to refer only to electronic filing and not to an expedited scheme similar to Czech Arbitration Court.
My take: no new UDRP providers until ICANN enters into contracts with each provider. This contract must include approval to supplemental rule changes.