Thursday, 22 January 2009

.Tel Landrush registration period opens on 3 February 2009

Anyone will be able to register a .tel domain name, at a premium price, from 3 February 2009 (15:00 GMT) until 23 March 2009. The initial registration period is 3 years and each domain name will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with no validation.

After the Landrush period .tel domain names will be available at a fraction of the cost but obviously the most valuable domains names would be registered by then.

As no web hosting or web development is required, .tel domains are a revolution in the use of domain names and internet publishing.

Lexsynergy has started accepting pre-registrations. To submit your application log in to your Lexsynergy control panel or email domains@lexsynergy.com.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

KENIC “dashes” cybersquatting activities in Kenya

KENIC, Kenya’s domain name registry, has implemented a precautionary measure that prohibits the registration of a domain name with a dash or hyphen if a version of the domain name has already been registered without a hyphen. The same applies if a domain name is first registered with a hyphen, the unhyphenated version will be blocked.

Example:

The registration of domainnames.co.ke will block the registration of domain-names.co.ke, likewise the registration of domain-names.co.ke will block the registration of domainnames.co.ke.

The intention behind this system is to curb cybersquatting in addition to saving legitimate registrants the costs of registering different versions of their domain name.

To view the Kenyan whois database visit www.domainnames.co.ke.

Credit Crunch - Impact on domain name management

The state of the world economy is not in the best shape and businesses are looking to cut costs. Trade mark owners are no different as they try to streamline expenditure without compromising brand protection.

Cost reduction, in the Intellectual Property sector, is a delicate exercise that requires an in-depth cost analysis of each aspect of the IP portfolio, in particular domain names. Domain names have become a crucial component of an IP portfolio that increases in number at a quicker rate than any other part of the portfolio due to factors such as:

• the release of new Top Level Domains (TLDs);
• marketing strategies and campaigns;
• rebranding;
• business acquisitions and mergers;
• domains acquired through litigation and settlements; and
• defensive registrations.

There are numerous ways to rein in domain name expenditure without compromising a company’s domain name strategy or online brand protection policies.

1. Shop around and select a niche domain name management company that can provide cost-effective domain name management services without compromising efficiency, functionality or support. Most domain name management companies will be willing to negotiate on registration and renewal costs, offering discounts based on volume. It is also important to look at hidden costs such as nameserver changes, web and email forwarding, transfer charges and whois updates. Moving a domain name portfolio to a new domain name management company can be a daunting undertaking but the task may save a business thousands every year.

2. Identify the most important or core domain names and renew them for the longest possible period. In most cases a discount can be negotiated for lengthy renewals saving money in the long run.

3. Identify redundant domain names for deletion. This process includes setting up a domain name deletion procedure that minimizes the risk of deleted domains being re-registered by competitors or cybersquatters.

4. Nominate a person or team to approve domain registrations and renewals in order to prevent unnecessary expenditure.

5. Prepare a budget for the introduction of new TLDs to avoid unforeseen expenditure.

For a free cost saving analysis on your domain name portfolio contact our domain name management team at domains@lexsynergy.com.