If there is no response to a complaint, the complainant is given the option of obtaining a summary decision from an Expert, at a cost of £200 plus VAT.
The Policy will recognise Rights that may exist in descriptive terms that have acquired a secondary meaning.
Certain activities are not in themselves an Abusive Registration, but that cases of this kind will depend on their particular facts.
The Reply stage is purely an opportunity to respond to new matters raised in the Respondent’s response.
If a further statement is made under Procedure paragraph 13(b), Nominet will only copy the explanatory first paragraph to the parties, unless the Expert requests sight of the full submission.
Respondents can pay for an Expert decision if the Complainant declines to pay, in order to request a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.
A "likelihood of confusion" factor has been introduced, which makes it clear that threatened use of a domain name may be evidence of an Abusive Registration.
An Expert Review Group has been introduced. Members are drawn from Nominet’s existing panel of independent experts. The members of the group will provide a peer review function of decisions prior to their publication. Members of the Expert Review Group will also form the panels for appeal hearings. Members of the Expert Review Group will not represent parties in DRS proceedings (although other members of their firms may do so).
The word limit of a complaint and response has increased to 5000 words.
Evidence may be attached electronically. Various other online features have also been improved.