Domains and domain names—Switzerland—Q&A guide
Domains and domain names—Switzerland—Q&A guide

The following TMT practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Domains and domain names—Switzerland—Q&A guide
  • 1. Which entity is responsible for registration of domain names in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD)?
  • 2. How are domain names registered?
  • 3. For how long is registration effective?
  • 4. What is the cost of registration?
  • 5. Are registered domain names transferable? If so, how? Can the use of a domain name be licensed?
  • 6. What are the differences, if any, with registration in the ccTLD as compared with a generic top-level domain (gTLD)?
  • 7. Is the registrant’s contact information freely available? Can the registrant use a privacy service to hide its contact information?
  • 8. If a registrant’s contact information is hidden, under what circumstances will it be disclosed? What processes are available to lift a registrant’s privacy shield?
  • 9. Are third parties (such as trademark holders) notified of a domain name registration or attempt to register a domain name? If so, how? If not, how can third parties receive notice?
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Domains and domain names—Switzerland—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to domains and domain names in Switzerland published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: February 2020).

Authors: CMS von Erlach Poncet AG—Dr Dirk Spacek

1. Which entity is responsible for registration of domain names in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD)?

The registry for the ccTLDs .ch (for Switzerland) and .li (for Liechtenstein) is handled by SWITCH, a foundation created under Swiss law. SWITCH has been entrusted with this task since the internet was first used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It manages all domain names ending in .ch and .li in the global domain name system. SWITCH provides the services on behalf of the Swiss Confederation (Federal Office of Communications) and the Principality of Liechtenstein (Office for Communications).

SWITCH's resale partners, known as registrars, are responsible for selling domain names to customers. In January 2015, SWITCH stopped selling domain names and Switzerland now uses a system with registries and registrars (with a separation between them). A list of registrars approved by SWITCH can be found at www.nic.ch/registrars/.

Moreover, the administration of the newly crafted gTLD .swiss is administered by the Swiss Confederation through the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), but reselling also occurs through approved registrars. A list of approved registrars can be found at www.dot.swiss. The gTLD

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