The Registry Operator of the .IO (British Indian Ocean Territory), .AC (Ascension Island) and .SH (Saint Helena) extensions have announced that, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”), a new dispute resolution policy will be introduced on 1 June 2020.

The new .IO Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “.IO DRP”), .AC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “.AC DRP”) and .SH Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “.SH DRP”) are a close variation of the widely adopted Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “UDRP”).

WIPO will administer the .IO, .AC and .SH domain name disputes in a similar manner to the UDRP.

The .IO DRP, .AC DRP and .SH DRP are intended to curb the abusive registration of domain names that conflict with trade marks.

After 1 June 2020, or maybe sooner, you will be able to find the Policy and Rules at the following links:

nic.io/legal/legal_dispute

nic.io/legal/drp-rules

nic.ac/legal/legal_dispute

nic.ac/legal/drp-rules 

nic.sh/legal/legal_dispute

nic.sh/legal/drp-rules

If you need more information about the above domain dispute resolution procedures please email brandprotection@lexsynergy.com.