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  • NOTE: The information given here is intended to be general information and is not intended to provide legal or other advice. We strongly recommend taking professional legal advice relating to the registration of intellectual property and it's protection under the relevant laws.

    Although PKNIC does not examine whether the requested domain name infringes the rights of any third party, however, PKNIC has reserved for itself the right to revoke or transfer to another person the domain name if such registration has been obtained in violation of its Registration Policy or the terms and conditions set forth in the Domain Name Registration Form. In this connection the Registration Policy calls for, and the Domain Name Registration Form contains a representation and warranty on the part of the applicant "that the use or registration of the Domain Name by the Applicant does not interfere with or infringe the right of any third party in Pakistan, with respect to trade mark, service mark, trade name, company name or any other intellectual property right". A breach of such representation and warranty entitles PKNIC to cancel the registration or to transfer it to another person. PKNIC, as a matter of policy, requires that any disputes between parties over the rights to use a particular name should be settled between the parties using normal legal methods and/or the prescribed dispute resolution process.

    It is not necessary for obtaining a domain name registration with PKNIC in respect of a trade mark that the applicant must have registered the trade mark in Pakistan. However, this fact may be relevant in case of conflicting name requests or where a party claims that a domain name already registered with PKNIC violates their registered trade name or mark.

    There is no requirement for any local presence and no administrative contact needs to be present in Pakistan to register a domain name. Also there is no restriction for the domain name to match the company name or its trade marks. Generic names and dictionary words can also be registered under any .PK name. However, words which are deemed derogatory or offensive are not permitted in a domain name.

    As regards dispute resolution, PKNIC has adopted, with amendments, the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Rules for UDRP, established and adopted by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on 24 October 1999. PKNIC has further appointed a local domain name dispute resolution provider.

    Our firm is qualified and has in fact registered several names under the .PK top level domain on behalf of our clients with the assistance of PKNIC. Our firm has also handled a number of cases in the recent past relating to the conflicts which have arisen between actual trade mark owners and domain name registrants and has been successful in resolving the problems in favour of our clients through arbitration including the UDRP method.

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