Report: Beijing Court Issues Cybersquatting Rules

A court in Beijing has issued rules against registering domain names that violate trademarks, according to a report Tuesday on the Web site of the official People's Daily newspaper.

The Beijing Higher People's Court put out rules to prevent registering trademarked names for any reason, including "cybersquatting" on China (.cn) domain names of companies that have not yet registered a .cn domain. Beijing courts so far have heard nine disputes over such violations and settled four, according to the report.

The rules also outlaw registering a trademarked name in order to harm the reputation of the trademark holder.

Violators will be fined, the report said.

The rules will be carried out by all courts in Beijing, and if implemented smoothly, will be extended to courts throughout China.

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