Deadline for filing domain name disputes involving .cn domain names extended to 3 years from June 18, 2019

CNNIC’s ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (CNDRP) was revised on June 18, 2019. According to the newly revised Article 2, “Dispute Resolution Service Providers do not accept complaint regarding domain names whose recording time is longer than Three years”, the duration was extended from two years to three years, which means that dispute resolution service providers could accept the complaint regarding CN and 中国 (China in Chinese) domain names with a registration term less than three years since the date of the new rules implemented on June 18, 2019.

The three-year time limit appears to be consistent with the limitation of action as described in the General Provisions of the Civil Code after the 2017 amendment. give the Complainant more time to gather evidence, which will better preserve the fairness of the law and protect the interests of rights holders

The comparison of applicable domains and domain name dispute filing time between CIETAC ODRC, HKIAC and HKIAC Beijing office:

The table above indicates that the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Online Dispute Resolution Center (CIETAC ODRC) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), which resolve disputes relating to domain names under the CNDRP, could accept the complaint regarding the CN and 中国 (China in Chinese) domain names whose registration term is less than three years since June 18, 2019. Although the UDRP (Unified Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) does not have such a time limit, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Office of Beijing Center (Beijing Office of HKIAC) could accept complaint for all gTLD domain names except CN and 中国 (China in Chinese) without time limit.

Rights holders should closely monitor domain names for CN and 中国 (China in Chinese) and file complaints for domain names with a registration term of less than three years to avoid paying more effort and cost to resolve disputes after the deadline. Additionally, while there is no time limit for complaints regarding all gTLDs except CN and 中国 (China in Chinese) domain names, which must be accepted and resolved by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) and the Beijing Office of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC Beijing Office), the Complainant shall file its claims in a timely manner.