WIPO, the new dispute settlement institution for “Chinese” domain names
The Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced (Wipo.int, 2019-08-01) that it has been designated by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the Chinese Registry, to administer disputes over “Chinese” domain names. WIPO joins the two branches of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center authorized to administer cases relating to domain names with a Chinese country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), namely:
- Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) ; et
- China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).
Let’s recall that the rules relating to these disputes have certain specificities that must be taken into consideration. The cnDRP is not the UDRP. For example, under the cnDRP rules, there is a time bar that, in principle (there are some exceptions), prohibits the claimant from filing a complaint three years after the registration of the domain name. It is therefore strongly recommended to use monitoring services, so as to be notified immediately of the existence of a domain name that could affect your brand.