SGNIC launches Chinese domain names

Singapore
On November 3 2009 SGNIC, the registry for the '.sg' country-code top-level domain, announced the launch of second-level Chinese domain names.
 
Chinese domain names contain Chinese characters (eg, '幸福.sg' and '开心.com.sg'), rather than the Latin characters traditionally used by the English language.
 
The launch will take place in the following phases:
  • Phase 1 (November 23 2009 to December 31 2009) - applications from government agencies.
  • Phase 2 (January 7 2010 to February 18 2010) - applications by trademark owners under the following conditions:
    • Multiple applications that are equally qualified will be subject to bidding; and
    • Trademarks must be registered with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and be in characters that exactly match the Chinese domain name applied for.
  • Phase 3 (March 25 2010 to May 6 2010) - sunrise applications under the following conditions:
    • Multiple applications that are equally qualified will be subject to bidding; and
    • All entities may apply, but will be subject to a priority fee.
  • General launch - SGNIC will start accepting applications for Chinese domain names on a first-come, first-served basis on June 10 2010.
David Taylor and Tony Vitali, Lovells LLP, Paris 

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