As of 22 August, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center commenced providing .domain name dispute resolution servicesfor both QA and ÙØ·Ø±. (Qatar) in accordance with the Qatar Domains Registry Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (âPolicyâ) and Rules for Qatar Domains Registry Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (âRulesâ), and WIPO Supplemental Rules for Qatar Domains Registry Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (âSupplemental Rulesâ).
Qatar Domains Registry provides for registration of domain names which utilize the two-letter country code in Latin characters, i.e., .QA, as well as the ÙØ·Ø±. IDN ccTLD in Arabic script. ÙØ·Ø±. results from ICANN’s IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process which was designed to introduce into the Domain Name System Internet extensions (top-level domains) corresponding to a meaningful representation of a country or territory name in non-Latin (or non-ASCII) script. The Policy, Rules and Supplemental Rules are applicable to disputed domain name registrations within both the Latin script (.QA) and Arabic script IDN (ÙØ·Ø±.) ccTLD spaces.
The Policy, Rules and Supplemental Rules for .QA and ÙØ·Ø±. also feature upgrades based on the WIPO-proposed paperless Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) model, the latter in effect at WIPO since December 2009. This includes paperless filings by parties while retaining the safeguard of hardcopy notification by the WIPO Center.