Tuesday, 23 August 2016

.UK and .LONDON Promotion

Starting 1 August 2016, Lexsynergy clients who register a .uk domain can receive the matching .london domain at the same cost as the .uk. For example, a client who registers companyabc.uk can register companyabc.london at a discounted price of  £8.80 / $14.96 / €13.20 / R220 per year. This is a 65% savings for the .london domain.

To secure your .uk and matching .london domains, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

IDNs Released For .SITE and .WEBSITE

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are now available to register within .SITE and .WEBSITE. The following languages will be supported with this launch: Latin, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Lao and Arabic.

Lexsynergy can assist you with IDN registrations. Email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

.IE Updates - Reduced Registration Costs and IDNs

Reduced Registration, Renewal and Transfer Costs
Lexsynergy has reduced the cost for all standard .ie domains by 65%. Effective immediately, .ie registrations, renewals and transfers are £35 / $59.50 / €52.50 / R875 per year.

Internationalized Domain Names
IEDR (the .ie registry) recently announced that Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) with the fada characters will become available within .ie starting 23 August 2016. The launch process will begin with a Sunrise phase for trademark owners which will run for 30 days until 21 September 2016.

A Landrush phase will run from 3 October 2016 until 2 November 2016. This phase is reserved for registrants who currently hold domains in the Irish language e.g. fogra.ie, but which are missing the correct inclusion of the fada characters on any vowels. During the Landrush phase, these registrants will be able to apply for the correct IDN equivalent e.g. fógra.ie.

All IDNs that have not been registered during the Sunrise or Landrush phase will be available to register on a first come, first served basis beginning 16 November 2016.

Gaelic IDNs are not included in this launch.

Secondary Market
IEDR has proposed a policy which would allow a registrant to sell their domain via their original registrar, providing the buyer meets the .ie ownership criteria—namely, having a provable connection to Ireland.

The consultation is open until 16 August and following this IEDR will outline a final model. More information is available from their website at iedr.ie. The registry also recently announced there were 35,225 new .ie registrations in 2015, an increase of 13.4 percent when compared to 2014, in their 2015 annual report.

Email us at support@lexsynergy.com if you have any questions or are interested in registering domains within this important extension.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Verisign Outs Itself As Backer Of $135 Million For .WEB

The .web new gTLD sold for a massive $135 million in late July in an auction to a mysterious company called Nu Dot Co. There were eight companies bidding for the suffix and rival applicants had sought to defer the auction over questions of who was backing Nu Dot Co. On Monday Verisign outed itself as the provider of funds for Nu Dot Co’s purchase.

To recoup their investment Verisign intends for .web to be one of the biggest of the new gTLDs when it comes to registration numbers and no doubt to complement .com and .net, for which it already provides registry services for. The price was also by far the largest paid for a new gTLD at auction, beating the previous record of $41,501,000 that GMO Registry paid for. .shop.

Also on the same day up for auction was .webs which sold for a single dollar and the results mean ICANN has proceeds of over $240 million, minus over $7 million in expenses.

Lexsynergy will release details about the launch of .web once they are available. 

Lexsynergy Webinar: Brexit and Its Effect On Domain Name and Online Brand Protection Strategies

The recent referendum in the UK has brought uncertainty and questions about its effect on local and global economies, trade, business, travel, etc. Lexsynergy's next webinar will focus on how Brexit may affect our client's domain management and online brand protection strategies. Click on one of the links below to register for the webinar. The webinar will be held twice for your convenience.

Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 10:00am EDT (3pm UTC) REGISTER HERE
Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 1:00pm EDT (6pm UTC) REGISTER HERE

If you are unable to attend the webinar and have any concerns about how Brexit may affect your domain strategy email us at support@lexsynergy.com. We will set up a time to complete a full review of your portfolio to ensure there are no gaps and that your brand is protected.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Successful UDRP Case - papperlesspost.com

One of the most common typosquatting techniques is the addition or removal of a single letter from a trade mark. In this case a squatter added an extra “p” to Paperless Post and registered papperlesspost.com. Lexsynergy was able to prove that the domain name was confusingly similar to Paperless Post’s trade mark registration with the USPTO and that the squatter was using the domain in bad faith.

Lexsynergy was successful in recovering the domain name papperlesspost.com via a UDRP. The UDRP is an administrative procedure that allows trade mark owners to recover infringing domain names quickly and cost effectively. Lexsynergy's fixed fee model allows a trade mark owner to be proactive in the enforcement of its rights online. Trade mark owners should not need to settle by purchasing domain names from squatters (for cost reasons) but rather set a precedent that squatting on its trade mark will not be tolerated or used as a bargaining chip for unwarranted settlements.

Read the full decision here: http://www.adrforum.com/domaindecisions/1673997.htm

Thursday, 21 July 2016

German and Dutch Registries Warn Against Fake Invoices

DENIC and SIDN, registries for .de and .nl respectively, have separately issued warnings against fake invoices being issued for their domains.

For .de, what DENIC describe as “questionable invoices” have been issued by ".DE Deutsche Domain" that claim to be a provider of domain registration services. These invoices are not related to DENIC in any respect and the registry warns that before paying any invoice to take time to check what precisely the payment being demanded is for and to always read the small print.

Next door in The Netherlands, SIDN is warning registrants of .nl domain names to be wary of fake invoices from an organisation calling itself Domeinregistratie Nederland. SIDN warns recipients of these fake invoices to not pay them and to report the invoice to Fraudehelpdesk.nl.

If any of our clients have received any of these invoices, or questionable renewal invoices for any of your domains, please contact us at Lexsynergy as soon as possible at support@lexsynergy.com.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Lexsynergy Attending INTA's Building Africa With Brands

Lexsynergy will attend the upcoming INTA conference, Building Africa With Brands. This conference marks the first INTA conference held in Africa and will take place on 1-2 September, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Building Africa With Brands will focus on the ideas and best practices of doing business in Africa. Sessions and speakers will explore which brands have successfully transformed from an African brand into global brands as well as lessons that multinational companies have learned from doing business in Africa. As stated in the latest INTA Bulletin, “Those organizations that have moved into Africa have done well if they’ve brought their brands in properly, have protected them well, positioned themselves correctly in the market, and have proven that they’re here to stay.”

Conference sessions will cover topics such as brand creation, protection, and enforcement strategies in developing economies; developing and implementing the right IP strategy; and the challenges and opportunities in Africa from a brand owner’s point of view.

Lexsynergy has a team of experts that specialize in the African domain name and online brand protection space. With local offices in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania we have the knowledge and experience that only a local presence can provide.

The African Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) landscape is complex requiring in-depth knowledge, expertise and experience to process domain name registrations and renewals throughout the continent. Lexsynergy has direct accreditations with the African ccTLD operators and has over the years established relationships to streamline the processing of African ccTLD domain name registrations and renewals.

If your brand is preparing to establish itself in Africa let us help you with a complimentary strategy session. During this session we will discuss the strategies and steps to ensure you are maximizing your local effort with the appropriate ccTLDs and protecting your brand online. Email us at info@lexsynergy.com to schedule your session.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

.გე, The Georgian Equivalent Of .ge, Available Now

The new extension .გე, the Georgian equivalent of the traditional Latin .ge, is now available for pre-reservation. During this time it is possible to reserve domains which include a trademark or replicas of already registered .ge domains. The first year of registration is free. Starting 22 July 2016, the .გე will be open to all on a first come, first served basis.

Email Lexsynergy at support@lexsynergy.com if you are interested in reserving a .გე domain name.

Monday, 11 July 2016

.CA Gets More Secure With Domain Lock

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) in late June announced general availability for Domain Lock, a new service offered to CIRA’s D-Zone customers that allows users to quickly lock their .ca domains at the registry.

Domain Lock prevents unauthorised changes to the nameserver records and is the most secure method available for protection against domain hijacking. Examples of the types of malicious attacks that Domain Lock protects against could be as simple as a hacktivists redirecting websites to a political message, a thief intercepting emails or replacing a website with a phishing site to steal customer information.

Lexsynergy offers domain locks at both the registry and registrar level for most domain extensions. Email us at support@lexsynergy.com if you are interested in adding this additional security level to any of your domain names.