Friday, 31 July 2009

.cm (Cameroon) Launch 1 August 2009

The ccTLD .cm will be open for registration to the general public from 1 August 2009. Registrations will operate on a ‘first come, first served’ basis at a cost of £75 per year.

As mentioned in our previous release .cm may become a target for cybersquatters and typosquatters due to “cm” being a common misspelling of “com”.

It is also a misspelling of “cn” (China), the largest ccTLD in the world, since the letter ‘m’ and ‘n’ are next to one another on the keyboard.

We would advise trade mark holders to register defensive domain names in order to avoid potential infringements.

In order to place your registrations on our queuing system, or if you have any queries please email

Tuesday, 21 July 2009


Elad Kinstler, the manager of our South African office, will be presenting a paper that compares the importance of trade marks to domain names at the Lex Informatica Conference "Practical application of Cyberlaw in different environments".

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Without Prejudice

An article by Daniel Greenberg and Elad Kinstler of Lexsynergy was published in the July edition of ‘without prejudice – The Law Magazine’ ( The article is entitled ‘The impact of ICANN’s new gTLD programme on trademark owners’ and highlights the potential issues facing trademark owners as a result of ICANN’s intention to open up the Internet domain name sector by allowing suitable applicants to register new gTLDs. The issues discussed have faced widespread debate within the Intellectual Property community and may potentially add to the difficulties facing trade mark owners who wish to protect their marks online.

The article can be viewed by purchasing the July edition of without prejudice or by subscribing online at

For any queries or to discuss the way forward in light of this new programme, feel free to e-mail or contact us on +44 20 8133 1319.