Singapore launches its own dispute resolution policy


The authority responsible for administering Singapore's country-code top-level domain names, Singapore Network Information Centre, has launched a new dispute resolution service for '.sg' domains - the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (SDRP).

The SDRP is modelled substantially on the Uniformfa Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, incorporating the UDRP's three-prong test of trademark rights, legitimate interests and bad faith. Differences include the following: (i) to challenge a domain name registration successfully, it is sufficient to show either bad faith registration or bad faith use, and (ii) there is the possibility of optional mediation before the panel decision.

The Singapore Network Information Centre has appointed the secretariat of the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre to provide the SDRP service. The dispute resolution process is fast and cheap - taking about a month and costing as little as S$2,750.

With this new weapon in hand, trademark owners have better ammunition in their battles against '.sg' cybersquatters.

Gladys Mirandah, Ella Cheong Mirandah & Sprusons, Singapore

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