Tuesday, 16 June 2009

.CM Sunrise Period has Started!

The Sunrise Period for trade mark owners started on 15 June 2009 (9:00 UTC) and will continue until 14 July 2009 (23:59:59 UTC).


  • Registered national trade mark (any country) at the time of application. A scanned copy of the trademark certificate or an extract from the trade marks register is required and must accompany the application.

Required information:

  • Trade mark number, date of application, date of registration, wording of the trade mark and country where the mark is registered. If certificates, extracts and documents are not submitted in English, the registry may request a translation. If the applicant is a licensee a copy of the licensing agreement with the trade mark holder must be provided. Applications will be validated by the registry (Netcom) and its Validation Agent. These parties may request additional documentation, if required.

Special Notes

  • Domain name must directly correspond to trade mark.
  • Special characters (%&@!) may be eliminated, or transcribed or replaced with a hyphen.
  • Spaces may be removed or replaced with a hyphen.
  • Latin letters with additional non-latin elements (such as á) may be reproduced without such elements (a) or replaced by standard spelling of such letters.
  • If there is more than one valid application the domain name will be awarded to the oldest registered trade mark.
  • Figurative Marks are allowed if the trade mark exclusively contains a word and the word element of the trade mark is predominant and all alphanumeric characters included in the word are contained in the domain name and the general impression is apparent and corresponds with the word contained in the trade mark.


£285 (2year registration) + £80 trade mark validation fee.

Total Fee£365.

To submit your application login to your Lexsynergy account or register an account here and follow the instructions in the FAQ section under the topic Cameroon - CM Sunrise Period.

Lexsynergy is an accredited .cm registrar.

Monday, 15 June 2009

"Saving Face" - Protect Your IP on Facebook

Facebook has launched personalised URLs for its users. This mean instead of using a profile ID the user can make use of a customized URL (www.facebook.com/trademark).

Facebook gave IP owners about four days to block the registration of their trade marks as part of a Facebook URL. The notice period was short but not the end of the road for IP owners, who still have the opportunity to object to the use of their trade mark via the following link http://www.facebook.com/copyright.php?noncopyright_notice=1.

Please contact us should you need any guidance or assistance.

Monday, 1 June 2009

co.na - Namibia Domain Name Promotion

The Namibian Registry (Omadhina) has substantially reduced the registration costs for the extension co.na. Lexsynergy, as a .na accredited registrar, is now offering co.na registrations for £65.00 per year to foreign registrants.

The registration costs of a .na and com.na domain name can be prohibitively high for some registrants so co.na appears to be the most cost effective option of gaining an online presence in Namibia.