Monday, 29 December 2008

‘Largest’ cybersquatting judgement

Verizon, an Internet company, recently issued a statement stating that it had been granted a $33.5 million cybersquatting judgement (equally $50,000 per domain name) against OnlineNIC, a domain name registrar.

Verizon had filed a lawsuit against OnlineNIC in a US Federal Court, claiming OnlineNIC had registered 663 domain names incorporating its trade mark VERIZON causing confusion amongst end users searching for Verizon.

Verizon stated: “This case should send a clear message and serve to deter cybersquatters who continue to run businesses for the primary purpose of misleading consumers. Verizon intends to continue to take all steps necessary to protect our brand and consumers from Internet frauds and abuses.”

This judgement will be welcomed by the Intellectual Property community and is a small step towards reigning in the ever increasing practice of cybersquatting.

For assistance with domain name disputes email

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Giving Back

Lexsynergy recently launched a scholarship programme for disadvantaged South Africans.

In 2009 the scholarship will cover 50% of the school fees for two young girls to study at Wendywood High School, located in Johannesburg.

We aim to raise enough money to cover the remaining 50% and hopefully offer more scholarships to students in need.

A small donation will go a long way to change the lives of the students that will benefit from the scholarship programme. We have created a face book page, which we encourage you to join.

If you wish to make a donation please email Also visit and join us on Facebook.

We wish all our readers well over the festive season and a happy new year.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

CO.ZA squatting

The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) is one of the accredited dispute resolution providers that adjudicate on (South African commercial Top Level Domain) domain name disputes.

Since June 2007 there have been 24 decisions, which seem to be fairly consistent with the decisions from WIPO and the National Arbitration Forum. To view the decisions visit

There are currently more than 466 000 domain names which are registered on a "first come, first served" basis making it a prime "new" target for cybersquatters and typosquatters (domain name profiteers) to expand their business of online infringements. See some of the examples we found: (whois) and (whois).

As the popular domain extensions become more saturated with domain name profiteers, the infringements will move to domain name markets such as increasing the number of cases that will be brought before the SAIIPL or similar dispute resolution providers.

A defensive domain name registration is the best option for trade mark owners to ensure brand protection within the open and unrestricted TLDs.

To check the availability of your brand / trade mark search the whois at

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

.Tel Launch Countdown

The new gTLD .tel will launch on 3 December 2008.

From the launch date until 2 February 2009 trade mark owners will be given priority to register their trade marks as a .tel domain name (Sunrise Period).

The Sunrise Period will operate on a first come, first served basis. This means that the sooner an application is submitted the greater the chance of securing the domain name.

The applicants trade mark must have been applied for before 30 May 2008 and registered prior to 3 December 2008.

Lexsynergy is now accepting .tel applications.