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