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Cybersquatting, the occupation of your domain names  by others, is a frustrating problem.  However, it can be easily corrected.

Anyone who registers a domain name with the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) also agrees to submit to ICANN's arbitration process, the  Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).  The UDRP process is mandatory for all generic top-level domains like .com, .net, and .org domain names.  Many country specific domain top-level domains also require registrants to submit to the UDRP.

To remove a cybersquatter from a domain name that uses your trademark using the UDRP, you file a complaint and pay an arbitration fee.  In the complaint, you must show that the domain name is similar to the trademark, that the cybersquatter has no legitimate interest or rights, and that the domain name is being used in bad faith. 

The cybersquatter has an opportunity to respond in writing, but most don't.  Within a few months the Administrative Panel will decide the issue, and if you win, it will award you the domain name.

The is another unique process for evicting cybersquatters from XXX domain names.  The Rapid Evaluation Service (RES) provides a prompt remedy for the clear abuse of well-known, distinctive trademarks or of personal and professional names.the RES costs the same as the UDRP, but can be completed in a matter of days.  In addition, the disputed domain name is locked before the domain name owner is served with the complaint.  This prevents the domain name owner from avoiding the RES process by transferring the domain name before the RES process is complete.

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