Disputes relating to Senegalese domain names: UDRP with the WIPO

NIC Senegal, the registry responsible for administering Senegalese domain names, has decided that disputes relating to .SN domain names will be governed by the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). To this end, the Registry has appointed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center as its dispute resolution service provider (wipo.int). The .SN joins the long list of country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) whose disputes are handled by WIPO (wpo.int).

Article 10 of the Registrar’s Rules establishes a territorial restriction: “Applicants for .SN domain names with an address abroad are required either to designate an agent established in Senegal, or to provide a letter of accreditation from the service provider.” (nicsenegal.sn). This territorial condition certainly contributes to maintaining a low level of litigation. On the contrary, experience also shows that every time a registry lowers the eligibility criteria, a wave of cybersquatting ensues.

Despite the territorial restriction, Senegalese domain name registration statistics show constant progress.

The share of Senegalese domain names registered by foreign investors is unknown. However, it is interesting to note that foreign direct investment in Senegal has increased sharply since 2012 (worldbank.org), which more or less corresponds to the years from which the number of domain name registrations accelerated.

The correlation between the expansion of domain name registrations and the increase in foreign direct investment in Senegal is unproven. However, the two are often linked. And in any case, the best practice is to register the trademarks and register the corresponding domains as soon as the investor begins to operate in the host country.

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