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April 29, 2011

Vietnam: Step Forward in Handling Domain Name Disputes

Informed Counsel

The Vietnam National Internet Centre (VNNIC) has reportedly received hundreds of complaints requesting the withdrawal of registered “.vn” domain names. The number of complaints has increased in direct proportion with the increase in the number of registered “.vn” domain names. The most common basis for such complaints is that the registered domain name is identical to the complainant’s registered trademark or trade name. Many such complaints have been lodged by owners of reputable global brands whose famous trademarks or trade names have been included in other parties’ registered “.vn” domain names. This situation has resulted in an urgent need for detailed guidelines for VNNIC, “.vn” domain name registrars, and “.vn” domain name registrants to handle disputes over “.vn” domain names. In response to this need, on March 17, 2010, VNNIC issued the Guidelines on Handling of Disputed “.vn” Domain Names. These long-awaited Guidelines provide a number of clarifications to domain registrars and other stakeholders in the handling of disputed “.vn” domain names.

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