Written by Sophie Hey, Policy Advisor at Valideus
The provision of domain name dispute resolution services follows the conclusion of a memorandum of understanding signed between WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and Cyberspace Administration of China Minister Zhuang Rongwen in July 2019.
Like most ccTLDs, .CN and .中国 have a different domain name resolution policy from the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). WIPO sets out the key differences between the UDRP and the policy for .CN and .中国 here. The key parameters of the policy for .CN and .中国 are:
“WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center is the world’s leading provider of dispute resolution services for domain names and we are pleased to be contributing expertise gained over 20 years of services to the registry for the .CN and .中国 domains,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. He added “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.”
Brian Beckham, Head of WIPO’s Internet Dispute Resolution Section said, “We believe this will be a very valuable service for brand owners. For a long time tackling abusive domain registration under .CN has been a challenge. This reflects the commitment of the Chinese government to rights protection.”
A list of panellists for .CN and .中国 domain name disputes conducted through WIPO is available here.