January 24, 2020
The Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre (CIIDRC) is busy resolving domain name disputes after officially opening in late 2019.
It took almost 3 years from the time CIIDRC submitted an application to ICANN to be approved as one of their domain name dispute resolution providers (the only one in Canada and only the second in the Western Hemisphere). During the first two and a half months of CIIDRC’s operations, twenty three complaints were created, and four news cases filed. Our first concluded case involved a three-member Panel, and the decision in that case is now posted on the www.ciidrc.org website for public viewing. It took 27 days from the time the complaint was submitted to the date when the panel rendered its decision. The second decision was posted on January 13th.
The announcement of our opening and the launch of our website took place in Montreal during the ICANN 66 AGM on November 6th, 2019. Since then, we have received many enquiries by phone and email to obtain information on what we do and how we are different from the other UDRP providers. Our staff works diligently to provide accurate information. Even though the overall feedback from users of our website has been positive, we are committed to continuous improvement and to provide an excellent user experience.
We are grateful to all who volunteered their time and contributed to creating the CIIDRC website – without their support, a non-profit organization like ours would not be able to accomplish as much as we have. In particular, special acknowledgement should be given to the CIIDRC committee Chair Andrew Scott and the committee members consisting of two former Attorney Generals of the Province of British Columbia, Canada, Suzanne Anton, QC, and Barry Penner QC, and renowned domain name expert Hon. Neil Brown, QC, and lawyer John Rogers. The Committee will continue working to improve the website and promoting awareness of CIIDRC.
As a domain name dispute resolution provider, we would appreciate your feedback on all aspects of the services we offer.
Here’s hoping for a positive year ahead.