WIPO Becomes First Non-Chinese Entity To Administer .CN Domain Name Disputes

Author:Mr David Taylor and Jane Seager
Profession:Hogan Lovells

WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, has recently announced that its Arbitration and Mediation Center has been appointed by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) to administer domain name disputes under .CN and .中国, the country code Top Level Domains for China.

As brand owners are increasingly becoming the target of more cybersquatting and cyberfraud, access to domain name dispute resolution services is crucial in order to protect not only their brands but also their consumers.

As Anchovy News readers will no doubt be aware, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is one of the main providers of domain name dispute resolution services. It administers disputes under all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) as well as over 75 country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) (the full list is available here). China's ccTLDs, .CN (one of the largest ccTLDs with approximately 22 million registered domain names) and .中国, have now been added to the list further to the conclusion of a memorandum of understanding signed between WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and CAC Minister Zhuang Rongwen on 21 July 2019.

Since 1 August 2019, the WIPO Center has thus become the first non-Chinese entity to administer domain name disputes under the Chinese ccTLDs. This is good news for brand owners who may find it easier to file complaints and protect their rights in the .CN namespace.

Francis Gurry said that "Authenticity on the Internet is critical to ensuring the safety and expansion of e-commerce and restoring domain names to legitimate trademark and other rights owners contributes to curbing consumer deception - in a market as large as China this assumes even greater significance."

Anchovy News readers will be aware that the WIPO Center offers domain name dispute resolution services under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which applies to most gTLDs and approximately 40 ccTLDs (for example Colombia's .CO, Montenegro's .ME and Tuvalu's .TV). But the WIPO...

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