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Abu-Ghazaleh: ICANN Approves the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution as the 5th Worldwide

28-May-2013 | Source : | Visits : 8064
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MARINA DEL REY, CA - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors has recently approved the proposal submitted by the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) to be an official dispute resolution service provider for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The Center will start operating in January 2014.

The ACDR is jointly established by the Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS) and the Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP), with headquarters in Amman, Jordan and offices in other Arab countries. It is the first UDRP provider in the Middle East and Northern Africa and it owns a vast experience in resolving Intellectual Property disputes.

HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, AIPMAS chairman expressed his happiness with the ICANN's recognition hoping that the Center will undertake its duties and properly play its role to serve the whole region.

Earlier, AIPMAS General Assembly unanimously agreed to establish the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Legal, a member of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization was entrusted to take necessary actions for this purpose provided that the center will be totally owned by the Society.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh said that this is the fifth accredited center in the world, and being in the Arab region has a special importance by focusing on the domain name-related disputes especially with the existence of arbitrators from all over the world capable to settle the domain name disputes in many languages.

The Center will deal solely with resolving IP domain name disputes and will provide reliable and quality administration of UDRP cases in three major languages - Arabic, English and French with more in the near future.

The Arab Intellectual Property, Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS) is a non-profit organization that was established in Amman Jordan, by some of the top practitioners of the many fields of intellectual property (IP) in the Arab region, headed by Mr. Talal Abu- Ghazaleh. Its mission is to bring together the IP professionals and practitioners in the Arab region and to help build awareness and understanding of intellectual property issues and their dynamics.

AIPMAS works to foster the development of intellectual property laws and systems, in the Arab region, and the building of capacities among Arab practitioners. The Society also focuses on the activities of its Center of Mediation and Arbitration which resolves conflicts in the area of Intellectual Property through international arbitrators applying international rules. AIPMAS implements a broad range of activities, such as assisting in the development of IP laws and systems, holding seminars, workshops, teaching and training courses, research projects as well as through its many publications.

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