Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Services


Disputes over who is entitled to a particular domain name may arise where there is more than one party interested in using the same domain name. The parties to a typical domain name dispute are the registrant of the domain name and the party applying to take over the domain name.

The Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (SDRP) provides a framework for resolving ‘.sg’ domain name disputes. It has been adopted by the Singapore Network Information Centre Private Limited (SGNIC) as the registration authority for ‘.sg’ domain names, and offers a quicker and cheaper way of resolving ‘.sg’ domain name disputes compared to going to court.

The SDRP framework is managed by SMC.

When to Use

The SDRP is designed primarily to cater for instances of registration or use of domain names in bad faith. One example is the cybersquatting scenario, where a registrant registers a domain name with a view to making a profit by selling it to the proprietor of the corresponding trade mark, or the owner of the goodwill in the mark (if it is unregistered), or to some other interested person.

You would use the SDRP Service if:

  • You wish to resolve a ‘.sg’ domain name dispute through mediation or an administrative proceeding in accordance with the SDRP.
  • You wish to challenge the registration of a ‘.sg’ domain name on the grounds provided under paragraph 4(a) of the SDRP.
  • A ‘.sg’ domain name registered to another party is identical or confusingly similar to a name, trade mark or service mark in which you have rights that are recognised under Singapore law, and you believe in good faith that you are entitled, on the grounds stated in paragraph 4(a) of the SDRP, to have the domain name cancelled or transferred to you, so as to protect your rights in the name, trade mark or service mark.
  • You would like a quick, convenient and relatively inexpensive mechanism for resolving a ‘.sg’ domain name dispute.

Principal Documents

The details of the dispute resolution mechanism are contained in the following documents:

  • Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Rules for the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Supplemental Rules for the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy


The fee payable for administrative proceedings under the SDRP Service is annexed to the Supplemental Rules for the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

The fee covers the sums payable to the Secretariat and the Panel for their services and is as follows: 

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How the SDRP Service Works 

For more information on how the SDRP Service works, click here.

Information on Proceedings under the SDRP

In accordance with paragraph 4(j) of the SDRP, all decisions under it will be published in full on the Internet, except when an Administrative Panel decides in an exceptional case to edit portions of its decision.