No Squatting: Online IPR Protection in China

shutterstock_167099189China possesses a population of over 1.3 billion people;[1] of these, there were 632 million internet users in China by the end of 2014 – this is approximately half the population of China and three times the number of internet users in South-East Asia.[2]

The share of internet users in China now equals 46.03% according to the state-administered China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). [3] Trends also suggest that internet use in China is set to experience further growth in coming years.

E-commerce is well developed in China today, and is predicted to account for around 10% of total retail purchases by the end of 2015, in contrast with 6 to 8% in Europe.[4] Furthermore, a study undertaken by KPMG predicts that as wealth, internet penetration, brand awareness and loyalty spread, online retail in China is also set to expand.[5]

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Indonesia: registration for .id domain names NOW Open!

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The latest on Indonesian Internet domain names courtesy of our expert Mariana Maia of Thomsen Trampedach!

On Monday 20th January the operator of the Indonesian top-level domain .ID, Perkumpulan Pengelola Nama Domain Internet Indonesia (PANDI), opened registration for second-level domains under the .id domain (such as asean.id).  Second-level domain names are seen as more attractive because they are shorter and easier to type (compared to asean.co.id, for instance), thus brands operating in Indonesia will be keen to register for increased visibility and protection of their biz online.

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