Occasionally disputes over domain names can crop up. For .ie domains we require that every applicant can show a connection to Ireland. Domain names can have different meanings, depending on context, and registering certain domains can sometimes breach certain intellectual property rights. As such, we have a procedure to handle situations where multiple parties feel they have a right to the same domain name.
The IEDR Dispute Resolution Policy covers this process. To remain completely unbiased and neutral, we use an external company to resolve these disputes. This company is the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
When a complaint is submitted to WIPO, they will contact us to advise us of the dispute. In order to protect both the registrant and the complainant, the IEDR will not permit any modifications of any kind to the domain during the dispute.
WIPO will request evidence from the complainant and then look to decide whether or not the domain name has been registered in bad faith, either through the use of misleading information or with the intention to harm the complainant’s business.
If WIPO finds in favour the complainant, we will re-assign the domain name to the complainant, after a 21-day waiting period to allow for any appeals.
We’ll ask the complainant to provide their claim to name and connection to Ireland and submit any required documentation to support this before the re-assignment can be carried out.
If WIPO finds in favour of the registrant, the domain remains with them and no further action is taken.
At no point during a dispute will we take any action that would cause the disputed domain to cease functioning, so even during the dispute, any website or emails operating from the domain will continue to function as normal.