The sunrise registration period, or as the Chinese registry the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), describes it the “privileged registration and privileged upgrade” period, for the Chinese internationalised domain name commences on Sunday 16 September.
The sunrise, or privileged registration, period for .中国 is for trademarks consisting of Chinese characters, which are approved by the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, or by the trademark authorities of other countries or regions.
CNNIC advises that trademarks that consist of Chinese characters only, English letters only or numbers only are qualified to apply for privileged registration. Trademarks that bear pictures, combination of words and pictures or other non-word elements are excluded from privileged registration.
Potential registrants that are not from mainland China are required to provide the screenshot of the pertinent trademark information from the trademark authorities of the corresponding countries or regions along with trademark certification documents.
The sunrise period ends on 14 October 2012 and more information is available from www1.cnnic.cn/html/Dir/2012/08/29/6057.htm.