Recent Case Notes & Commentary

The Providers of Arbitration of Domain Name Disputes - A Series

No. 1 The Czech Arbitration Court

When you have a domain name dispute, you are faced, first of all, with a question. The question is; where do I file my claim? Assuming that you want to use the arbitration process available under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, you may bring your claim in any one of the 6 official providers. These are all accredited by ICANN which oversees the entire system. Because they are all accredited and will all do a good job of supervising your case, you simply choose any one of the five. But you will want to know something about each provider and their charges for the service before you make your choice.


We thought, therefore, that we should tell our readers something about each of them.

So, here is the first in our series, the Czech Arbitration Court.


The CAC is based in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The CAC is situated at

Vladislavova 1390/17, 110 00 Praha 1 Tel +420 222 333 340, Fax: +420 222 333 341

Its website is at https://en.soud.cz/ Its email address is prague@arbcourt.cz


The Czech Arbitration Court is a Not For Profit organisation attached to the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Czech Agrarian Chamber. Established in 1949, CAC’s services include mainly the resolution of domestic and international commercial disputes. E.g. there were nearly 1400 commercial disputes brought before the CAC in 2015 and many more in subsequent years. The good reputation of the CAC guarantees that it will have a steady flow of cases.


So, you could say that the CAC looks after general commercial disputes. But it also plays an important part in domain name disputes of two types and has a good reputation for the work that it does in both areas. They are:


1. Disputes about dot eu (.eu) domain names.

The dot eu domain names are of course the domain names provided through the European Commission. There are over 3,500,000 .eu domain names now issued.


In 2005, CAC was selected as the .eu ADR Provider by EURid and the European Commission. CAC administers .eu ADR proceedings under the ADR.eu brand in all 24 official EU languages using a secured on-line platform.


Its website for running those disputes is at www.adr.eu.


The CAC also handles Czech or .cz disputes through its website at http://domeny.soud.cz/


2. Disputes about the other international domain names.

In January 2008 ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, approved the CAC to be the fourth international provider of services under Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). It is now one of six providers[1].


These are disputes about domain names like .com, .biz, .info, .org, .mobi and those under the new generic Top Level Domains like .club, .xyz, .accountants etc.


How to lodge a claim. Let us assume you have dispute about a .com domain name. Simply visit: https://www.adr.eu/


Click on the panel to the right that says Enter platform UDRP.


When you arrive, you will find instructions on what to do.


If your dispute is over a .eu domain name, the procedure is just as straightforward. Click on the panel to the left that says Enter Platform .eu ADR.


The Online Platform

The big attraction of the CAC and something that undoubtedly attracts users is its online, secure platform. Thus, if you are acting for a complainant, you type your information directly onto the platform that comes up on the internet. There are no separate documents other than on the platform. When you complete a document at any stage of the case, just click on Save, if you want to finish the document later or File, if you want to lodge it now.


The CAC will let you know when it is time to go to the platform to see the latest stage in your case.


Conclusion.

In 2018, the CAC handled 356 UDRP disputes (.com etc), 39 .eu disputes and 13 .cz disputes.

The founder and editor of this site has been appointed as an arbitrator in many domain name disputes in the CAC. They have all been handled very promptly and professionally by the friendly staff at the CAC and it is highly recommended.

[1] For the full list see https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/providers-6d-2012-02-25-en