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– Why should foreign companies register the domain name in China?

A domain name in “.cn” or “” allows Chinese companies and consumers to identify on the internet a foreign company and its activities. Therefore, for a commercial purpose, it is advised for foreign companies to register your domain name in China.

– What is the procedure to register a domain name in China?

A domain name shall be filed with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”). This institution operates on a “first-to-file” basis. It is therefore recommended to file your domain name as soon as you start developing your presence in China.

The procedure to register a domain name in China can be summarized as follows:

  • Step 1: Check and make sure the contemplated domain name has not been registered.
  • Step 2: Chose a domain name service provider (such as Ali Cloud, Tencent Cloud and etc.) and purchase the domain name.
  • Step 3: Real-name authentication.
  • Step 4: Register such domain name with the MIIT via the domain name service provider.
  • Step 5: Issuance of domain name certificate.

Domain name registration normally is quite soon, usually can be finished within one week. The protection period is subject to the applicant’s chose, varying from 1 year to 10 years.

In addition to the registration of the domain name with the MIIT, a company wishing to publish content via its domain names shall apply for the Internet Content Provider (“ICP”) license or ICP filing, depending on commercial nature or non-commercial nature. Such ICP license/filing can only be obtained by a company registered in China.

After obtaining the ICP filing or ICP license, the domain name owner shall also filed with the Public Security Bureau (“PSB”).

To know more, download our legal handbook related to the intellectual property rights legal regime in China …

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