Guide to HKIAC Domain Name Dispute Resolution

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The 40-page guide provides a wealth of information, including a general overview of HKIAC’s domain name practice, in-depth analyses of more than 20 challenging procedural and substantive issues based on HKIAC domain name decisions, helpful flow charts, and relevant statistical tables. For practitioners new to domain name disputes in the Asian region, the guide also includes sections explaining how experienced panels deal with difficult domain name questions arising from the use of Chinese characters or Chinese Pinyin translations.

The Guide to HKIAC Domain Name Dispute Resolution can be accessed below.

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Table of Content

SECTION I. An Overview of Domain Name Dispute Resolution at HKIAC

Article 1.1 - Domain Name Dispute Resolution Services Provided by HKIAC
Article 1.2 - Administrative Proceedings at ADNDRC
Article 1.3 - Transferring or Cancelling of the Domain Name
Article 1.4 - Implementation of a HKIAC Decision
Article 1.5 - The HKIAC Panel
Article 1.6 - The HKIAC Parties

SECTION II. Selected Procedural Issues

Article 2.1 - Re-filing a Complaint
Article 2.2 - Time Bars
Article 2.3 - Consolidation of Claims
  Article 2.3.1- Multiple Registrants
  Article 2.3.2 - Multiple Related Domain Names
Article 2.4 - Single-Member and Three-Member Panels
Article 2.5 - No Response
Article 2.6 - Delayed Responses
Article 2.7 - General Burden of Proof 
Article 2.8 - Settlement/Suspension of UDRP Proceedings
Article 2.9 - Languages 
Article 2.10 - Procedural Orders
Article 2.11 - The Effect of National Law
Article 2.12 - Appealing the Decision

SECTION III. Standing of the Complainant

Article 3.1 - Complainant’s Civil Rights or Interests 
Article 3.2 - Unregistered Trademarks/Trade Names

SECTION IV. The Test for Identical/Confusingly Similar

Article 4.1 - Chinese Characters
Article 4.2 - Chinese Pinyin
Article 4.3 - Pinyin Abbreviation 
Article 4.4 - Domain Name Contains More than the Full Trademark 
  Article 4.4.1 - Domain Names Contain a Geographical Identifier
  Article 4.4.2 - Trademark Followed by Suggestive Terms
  Article 4.4.3 - Trademark Followed by Words Without Substantial Meanings
  Article 4.4.4 - Domain Name Contains two or More Trademarks
Article 4.5 - Typosquatting


SECTION V. Respondent has No Rights or Legitimate Interests in Respect of the Domain Name

Article 5.1 - Independently Acquired Trademark 
Article 5.2 - Previous Business Relationships

SECTION VI. Domain Name has been Registered and is Being Used in Bad Faith

Article 6.1 - Renewal, Re-registration and Transfer
Article 6.2 - Complainant’s Reputation 
Article 6.3 - Website Content Probative of Knowledge 
Article 6.4 - Passive Holding (Lacking of Active Use) 
Article 6.5 - Fraudulent Transfers 
Article 6.6 - Concealment of Ownership 
Article 6.7 - High–Volume Registrants 
Article 6.8 - Disrupting Business of Competitors

Annex - HKIAC Administrative Fee Schedule


The contents of this publication, current at the date of publication set out in this document, are for reference purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action based on this publication.

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