General registration for new Chinese character top-level domain names opens on Monday, October 29, 2012
Beginning October 29, 2012, foreign and domestic entities and individuals may apply to register domains with ASCII characters followed by the Chinese characters . The CNNIC Registry will process applications in order of receipt, first-come, first-served.
Businesses may want to consider registering domains incorporating their marks in both English and the Chinese transliteration to establish ownership of the domain and to protect against cybersquatters.
Existing and Future .CN Domains and Domains
Currently, the China Internet Network Information Center, ("CNNIC") regulates domains with .CN and extensions. CNNIC’s dispute resolution policy, the cnDRP, requires that parties file a complaint pursuant to the cnDRP within two years of the date of registration of the .CN or domain. Companies may want to consider reviewing the .CN and registries with the two year limitation in mind.
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