Friday, 29 May 2009

CM (Cameroon) Top Level Sunrise Information

The long awaited re-launch of the .cm TLD will start on 15 June 2009.

.cm is the Top Level Domain for Cameroon and unfortunately a target for cybersquatters and typosquatters due to “cm” being a common typographical error for the most popular TLD ”com”.

A good example is www.cnn.cm, which directs to an affiliate page (managed by Agoga.com). This infringement does not mean that the domain name is registered but rather that it is available. At the moment, most available cm domain names automatically direct to this affiliate scheme. We would therefore advise closing this infringement avenue by registering defensive domain names that correspond to key trade marks.

.cm will be launched in 3 phases.
Phase 1 - 15 June 2009 - 14 July 2009 - reserved for trade mark holders.
Phase 2 - 15 July 2009 - 31 July 2009 - landrush - domain names will be made available at a premium price.
Phase 3 - 1 August 2009 - released to the general public.

In order to place your application on our queuing system email domains@lexsynergy.com with your request and we will send you an application form.

Applications can be made via the Lexsynergy control panel from 15 June 2009.
www.lexsynergy.com

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Trade Mark Scam

We recently received the above letter from IOPTS (International Organization for Patent & TradeMark Service, LLC). The letter is intended to create the impression that a filing fee or some trade mark related fee is outstanding.

We did some digging around and found a WIPO web page that warns of similar scams. Other sites mentioning IP scams include:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scams_in_intellectual_property
http://www.epo.org/patents/law/legal-texts/InformationEPO/archiveinfo/29062006.html
http://www.ipo.gov.uk/t-unsolicited.htm

We would like to know what the IP community (WIPO and other IP offices around the world) is doing to prevent such scams or what action is taken once a fraud is identified?

Answers to our questions would be welcome. Email us at info@lexsynergy.com or post your comments on our blog.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

South African Patent Journal

Once a South African trade mark has passed the registrar's examination it is published in the Patent Journal for 3 months, during this period any interested party may oppose the trade mark on various grounds mentioned in the Trade Marks Act 1993.

Until recently the only way you could get your hands on the Patent Journal was to obtain a copy from the Government Printers. It is now possible to view scanned copies of the Patent Journal online at www.greengazette.co.za.

This will be an extremely useful resource for trade mark owners and IP lawyers. But with every positive there is a negative. In this situation the negative would be that cybersquatters / typosquatters will be able to view the Patent Journal and register similar or identical co.za domain names possibly creating more domain name disputes within the .za namespace.

Our advice: register your trade mark as a co.za domain name NOW!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

New Nominet DRS Search Service


Nominet has launched a search function for DRS expert decisions. The new search function allows users to search decisions for keywords or phrases as well as by date, decision outcome, expert and many other criteria. Further information is available at http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest?contentId=6429.

This is a nifty tool that IP attorneys will appreciate.