Yesterday I was speaking with a client about doing some product development and sourcing work in China, and heard that, following some prototype developments in Vietnam, they had just found out that some “enterprising” local had registered a local internet domain name on their brand.
But this is not just a problem for new businesses in Vietnam. It is also an issue for Big Business in China…
Google, the king of the internet, is reported to be having a domain name scrap with a cheeky / opportunistic Chinese company that registered (and is refusing to sell) www.gmail.cn – a rather obvious Chinese domain extension for the global leader, and owner of www.gmail.com.
China Law Blog covered the issue of domain squatting some time ago, and recommended early local domain registration.
Perhaps someone at Google should update their list of rss feeds!
For everyone else, perhaps now is a good time to book some of those .com.cn and .cn names before it is too late and / or a legal battle is needed.
See news source:
Gmail domain dispute looms for Google in China 
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
Google’s China spokeswoman Jin Cui did not answer repeated calls to her cellphone. A spokesperson for Gmail.cn could not be contacted by telephone calls to …