Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Donuts Will Support 10 Additional IDN Scripts


Donuts has announced that from 15 December 2016 their TLDs will support 10 additional IDN scripts. The new IDN scripts include the following:

1) Arabic
2) Cyrillic
3) Devanagari
4) Greek
5) Hebrew
6) Japanese
7) Korean
8) Latin
9) Tamil
10) Thai

This is in addition to the currently offered IDN scripts: Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

Contact us for assistance in registering your IDNs - support@lexsynergy.com

North American and European Police Combine To Seize 4,500 Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods

Over 4,500 domain names hosting websites selling counterfeit products to consumers online have been seized by law enforcement authorities in a joint global operation. Operation In Our Sites VII tackled copyright-infringing websites and third-party marketplace listings selling luxury goods, sportswear, spare parts, electronics, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and other fake products.

There were roughly 15,000 illegal websites seized and 48,000 erroneous e-commerce links removed over the past year.

Law enforcement authorities from 27 countries, anti-counterfeiting associations and brand owner representatives participated in this action, which was coordinated and facilitated by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition, the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center and Interpol

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Tanzania Businesses Required To Use .TZ Domain Name

 The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has recently issued a public compliance notice stating that all entities doing business in Tanzania are required to register and use a .tz domain name.

The notice states that this requirement is in place to comply with the regulatory requirements and to contribute to national revenue.

Any business in Tanzania that is currently utilizing a .com, .net, .biz or other domain extension should immediately register the matching .tz domain.

According to the .TZ registry, here are some of the benefits of using a .tz domain name:

Establishes Trust

  • Country code extensions establishes a trust and reputation with the local consumer. Domains ending in .TZ are viewed as legitimate and credible.
  • Free emails (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) are not always trusted. A .TZ domain creates more authority and will makes you stand out from the competition.

Local Identity

  • A .TZ domain shows distinct association with Tanzania and is ideal for any local business.
  • Country code extensions like .TZ are recognized both locally and globally.

Marketing

  • A .TZ domain creates local brand accessibility and awareness
  • Improve your search engine performance and target new clients that are geographically close to your business.
Lexsynergy is an accredited .TZ registrar. Contact us today and we will help you register your .TZ domain name. This new domain name will allow you to be complaint with the TCRA’s policies and take advantage of all the benefits of a .TZ domain. Email us today to register your .TZ domain – support@lexsynergy.com

.TZ Reseller Program
Lexsynergy offers a white-label reseller package for all interested registrars. Our reseller service provides a simplified and automated process for registering and renewing .TZ domains for your clients. Grow you’re your business by offering one of the most popular country code extensions in Africa.

For more information visit http://registry.co.tz or email accreditation@registry.co.tz to become accredited.

Monday, 21 November 2016

ICANN Study Maps Changes To Global Domain Market, But Misses Significant Legacy gTLD Declines


ICANN recently released the results of its Phase II study looking at the global domain market since the introduction of new gTLDs 2.5 years ago.

The study found the share of registrations held by the top registries and registrars has declined as the marketplace has become more diversified but the percentage of European and Asian registry operators has grown, particularly from China. Registrations of new gTLDs were more dispersed among registrars than for legacy gTLDs.

Registrations grew from 3,483,064 at Phase I in November 2014 to 16,570,035 registrations in March 2016 at Phase II with new gTLD registrations growing from 2% of all gTLD registrations to 9%.

The study strangely finds no aggregate (worldwide) effect of new gTLD entry on legacy TLD registrations. This appears to be plainly wrong as several legacy gTLDs have seen a significant drop in registration numbers, several of which commenced their decline at the same time as new gTLDs were introduced when looking at statistics on RegistrarStats.com. The .biz, .tel, .xxx and .us TLDs are some of those seemingly impacted, although .us has recently jumped significantly due to a promotion.

The study also found the average and median registration prices of both legacy and new gTLDs has declined and that the overall wholesale price, that’s the price charged to registrars, of legacy gTLDs is lower than that of new gTLDs.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Argentina Opens Up NET.AR to Anyone, Anywhere


The Argentinian ccTLD operator, NIC Argentina, announced that from 1 November the same rules that apply to .com.ar will apply to .net.ar. The change means any person or business, Argentinian or from abroad, may register .com.ar and .net.ar domains. Previously .net.ar domains were only available to suppliers of internet services within Argentina. Registrations for second-level .ar domains remain only open to Argentinians.

To register your net.ar domain, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Controversial .FEEDBACK gTLD Subject of Complaints Due to "Bogus Commentary"


The .feedback gTLD has always been controversial by allowing the registration of domain names for the purpose of positive and negative feedback on any topic. The controversy was that it would end up enabling illegitimate criticism of brand owners.

After its launch, the controversy grew with trademark holders being forced to pay more for domains than non-trademark holders while being compelled into using a template for their website design enabling criticism. There were claims people were paid to go to websites and fabricate reviews on .feedback sites. It is also mandated that all .feedback domains point to live websites enabling posting of comments, which does not take into account that not all domain names are registered with the purpose of hosting website content. Furthermore, these websites are widely populated with bogus commentary, including from paid commentators and user comments copied from third party websites such as Yelp.

The complaints have come about as a result of the harm suffered by brand owners who are leading a group of clients and partners in a submission to ICANN “that [they] believe either directly violate or at the very least show disregard for many long-standing policies and industry standards which ICANN and the community have come to expect, and which the parties involved should be bound to uphold.” The submission requests a “PICDRP (public interest commitment dispute resolution procedure) Panel to review the (.feedback registry’s) violations, and impose appropriate sanctions and remedial measures.”

The complainants are seeking a comprehensive review and investigation of the .feedback registry’s compliance with its obligations, the appointment of a panel to monitor compliance, the deletion of all domains fraudulently created with false WHOIS registration data through the FREE.FEEDBACK marketing campaign and appropriate compensation.

Friday, 4 November 2016

TMCH Ongoing Notification Promotion


From now until the end of the year, trademark owners that have an active ongoing notification service with the TMCH can submit 20 variations for free. These variations can include the following terms:
  • A term that contains the mark but adds text in front or behind the mark: (i.e. lexsynergydomains or registerlexsynergy)
  • A term that is a series of consecutive characters taken from the mark (i.e. lexsyn or synergy)
  • A term that is similar to the mark by replacing a character(s) with a similar character (i.e. you can replace o with 0 or e with é). You are allowed to replace a maximum 1/4 of the total length  (i.e. léxsynergy)
If you currently have ongoing notification for one of your TMCH validated trademarks and wish to add 20 additional terms for free, please email us at brandprotection@lexsynergy.com. This promotion is available until 31 December 2016.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Get Your Foothold in the EU Following Brexit with a .IE Domain


In the wake of Brexit, Ireland will become the largest English speaking country in the EU. As such it will continue to be a great base for American companies that want to do business in the EU. Companies like Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Paypal and many others have their European headquarters in Dublin.   Apart from being an English speaking country, Ireland uses the Euro currency and the time zone makes it very favourable for working with US companies.

As part of our domain and trademark advice, we recommend that you protect your brand and your business by taking out a .ie domain (Ireland).

Registration is simple and straightforward and a .ie domain name will provide you with an identifiably Irish presence on the internet. Let’s get straight into the how; there are three basic pieces of information that you’ll need to provide with your domain application:

1.    Proof of your identity.
2.    Your claim to the domain name.
3.    Your connection to Ireland.

Let’s take all three of these specifically and look at some common examples of what we look for.

Identity
In order to ensure that you are who you say you are, the .ie registry asks everybody who registers a .ie domain to verify their identity. This helps to provide traceability for all .ie domains. In general they will ask for companies to provide their certificate of incorporation or employer identification number (EIN).

If you’re a business you can send proof of your business registration. You can include a copy of your Certificate of Incorporation/verifiable company registration number. To enable verification, just provide the URL for your country’s company register website.

Claim
All .ie domain applicants are also asked to show that they have a valid reason for wanting a particular .ie domain name, known as your claim to the domain name. Don’t let it put you off though, it’s generally simple to prove your claim. If the domain name matches the company, business or trademark name, that is proof of your claim.

Variations on your company, business or trademark name can also be registered; however, if it’s not clear that the domain name is clearly related to any of these the registry will likely ask for more information. Generally this will just be a written explanation about the meaning of the domain name and why you need to register it. This often covers domain names that are registered for brands, trading names, products or promotional campaigns.

Connection to Ireland
.ie is Ireland’s domain extension. It’s Ireland’s online address and as such the registry requires that all .ie domain registrations are either based in Ireland or have a real connection to Ireland. In most cases this means that when you apply for a .ie domain you can show that you operate in, trade with, or clearly intend to trade with, people or businesses in Ireland. You can use invoices, press releases, promotional material or even a screenshot of your e-commerce store that shows a customer can select Ireland as their country for delivery.

If you want to read more about proving your claim to the name or connection to Ireland you can find more information regarding the specific registration requirements HERE

As an accredited .ie registrar, Lexsynergy can help you with the full registration process. Contact us today for assistance support@lexsynergy.com.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Lexsynergy Successfully Represents UDRP Respondent

Over the years, Lexsynergy has represented dozens of trademark owners by filing UDRP complaints and recovering domain names that are infringing on their trademark rights. We recently turned the tables and successfully represented a respondent in a UDRP case.

Our client registered the domain visualvoice.com in 1995 and has used the site intermittently to display his personal artwork and build an artist community. Over the years, he had received many offers to purchase the domain but he never sold. In June 2016, a company filed a UDRP complaint stating that the domain was an infringement on their trademark, Visual Voice, which was registered with the USPTO in 2013 (18 years after the domain was originally registered).

Lexsynergy was able to prove that the respondent has rights and a legitimate interest in the domain name by showing his use of the domain name throughout the years. We also proved that the respondent did not register or use the domain name in bad faith and that he has never had an interest in selling the domain.

The UDRP Panel sided with the respondent and ordered that the ownership of the domain remain with our client.

Read the full decision here: http://www.adrforum.com/domaindecisions/1684725.htm

Lexsynergy has a 100% success rate in UDRP cases. Whether you feel someone is infringing on your trademark or if a trademark owner is wrongly accusing you of infringement, Lexsynergy can help you win your case.

Contact us today for help with your domain dispute – brandprotection@lexsynergy.com.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

.AU Celebrates 30 Years As Australia's Home On The Internet


The internet has changed a lot in the 30 years since .au became Australia’s home. For the world, it was when Crocodile Dundee was released and opened up Australia to the world's eyes! Back in 1986 organisations were only entitled to one domain name each, there was no domain name aftermarket and the number of registrations were in the low thousands. Today there are over three million .au domain names registered and it’s considered one of the safer TLDs. Coming up are more major changes with the introduction of second level registrations for the first time in the next year or two and the choice of registration periods from one to five years.

To register your Australian domain name, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Monday, 10 October 2016

Is .CAM A Scam?

The new generic extension .CAM (Camera) has launched and is currently in the Sunrise phase, which ends on 20 November 2016.

This new extension is a worry for online businesses, where a slight typo can direct an Internet user to an unintended destination. www.facebook.com vs. www.facebook.cam – is confusing at first glance until you realise the only difference is an “a” for an “o”.

Internet users are impatient and do not take time to read a URL, which creates an avenue for phishing and other online scams. Some studies have proven that our brain pays attention only to the first and the last letter, abandoning the middle letter.


Is it a coincidence that if you add the letter “s” to .cam you get .scam?

We do not suggest that client’s panic but rather take the proactive step and register a .cam domain name that matches its primary .com domain names, which are associated with active website. The cost of a registration is far lower than the risk of an infringement or the consequences that flow from a scam.

The launch information for .cam can be found at http://www.lexsynergy.com/tlds/cam. If you wish to register a .cam domain, email your account manager or support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Business of Domains - One Day Seminar in Nairobi


Lexsynergy is hosting a one-day seminar in Nairobi, Kenya on 11 October 2016. This seminar will teach entrepreneurs how to establish and maintain a profitable business selling domain names in Kenya and throughout Africa. Our reseller program provides access to over 1000 domain name extensions including 50 African country extensions.

If you are interested in attending the seminar and learning more about our African reseller program, RSVP to info@lexsynergy.co.ke. Space is limited to the first 40 participants so book your place now.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Donuts Introduces DPML Plus


Donuts Inc., a registry that manages nearly 200 new gTLDs, has announced an expansion to its domain-blocking services with its new offering called DPML Plus. They also announced that they will be raising the price for their standard DPML block beginning January 2017.

For those who are unfamiliar, a Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) block prevents unauthorized third parties (i.e. domain squatters) from registering your trademark within any of the Donuts TLDs. For example, Lexsynergy could purchase a DPML block for the trademark “lexsynergy” and this would block other parties from registering domains like lexsynergy.business, lexsynergy.email or lexsynergy.guru. This standard block only includes domains that are an exact match to the trademark.

DPML Plus
The new DMPL Plus allows trademark owners to block an exact match of their trademark plus three additional terms that are either misspells or contains the exact match. For example, with a single DPML Plus purchase, Lexsynergy could receive a block on all of the following:
  • Lexsynergy – the exact match
  • Lexsynergyinc – contains the trademark
  • Lexsynergydomains – contains the trademark
  • Lexssynergy – a misspell
Here are some of the features of the DPML Plus:
  • The blocks are for 10-years vs. the current 5-year standard block (renewals are still for 1-year)
  • It blocks the terms across all Donuts TLD, including all standard and premium domain names
  • Includes unlimited free overrides for the duration of the 10-year term
  • The DPML Plus blocks are not subject to override registrations by other parties with the same trademark (this is allowed with the standard 5-year block).
  • There is an option to add additional misspells/contains for an additional fee. 
  • Current Donuts DPML holders can purchase a DPML Plus block and replace their current block for 10 years.
A DPML block has been a cost-effective way for trademark owners to protect their brands within the new gTLD space.  Donut’s new pricing levels, especially the DMPL Plus, may make a block less feasible for trademark owners; however, it is still an efficient and cost-effective option. A standard DPML block or a DPML Plus block should be carefully considered for high priority trademarks.

DPML Plus is only available from now until 31 March 2017. If you are interested in purchasing a new DPML block or converting your standard DPML to a DPML Plus please contact your account manager or email our support team at support@lexsynergy.com as soon as possible so we can process this for you. If you have any additional questions or would like to receive the pricing for DPML Plus, please email support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Indian Government Plans Major Push for .BHARAT

 The Indian government is planning a big push for the Hindi script TLD .bharat when it launches in either late 2016 or early 2017. To push the TLD, every .in domain registered will get a complimentary .bharat domain for one year. The government believes that part of their plans to make the internet more widely available in India is to make web addresses and email addresses available in local languages.

“We hope that by giving ‘.bharat’ as complimentary Web address, it may encourage entities to experiment and develop content in local languages, including e-mail addresses,” the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) CEO Rajiv Bansal told the Press Trust of India.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Sunrise Period for Short .AT Domains Commenced 29 August

 
The Austrian registry, nic.at, launched the Sunrise period for one and two character .at domain names on 29 August 2016. The Sunrise period is for trademark holders only and applications can be made until 23 September 2016.

Domain names with more than one eligible applicant will be allocated via a public auction, through Sedo.com, commencing on 7 November 2016. All domains still available after the Sunrise phase and public auction will be released to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on 6 December 2016.

“It is a good time to launch the short domains,” Richard Wein, nic.at General Manager, told Lexsynergy. “Many European registries are currently opening up their namespace for short domains, and many of the new top-level domains have supported single character domains from the outset. We have been monitoring developments and decided to follow suit, in consultation with the Austrian internet community and our domain name council. Besides being shorter, we expect trademark owners to profit most from the short domains. They can bring their branding into line across all communication channels and sharpen the profile of their brand. For users, short domains are always easier to remember. And by the way, it is always good for a ccTLD like .at to bring something new into the market.”

Interest to date has been positive with several trademark holders interested such as Volkswagen and telecommunications company 3.

Wein added, “Registrars and Trademark lawyers start asking us detailed questions about the procedures, so we suppose that the industry waits in the wings. Sedo is already eager to communicate the list of domains for auction to their customers, especially outside of Austria like US and China. We’ve also seen an increasing interest from the press and marketing communities.”

Uniregistry Will Release 1,000,000 Previously Reserved Domains


On 27 September 2016, Uniregistry will release over 1,000,000 previously reserved premium names. This release will include valuable keywords, two, three and four-character names and names from ICANN's Names Collision program.

This release includes the following extensions: .audio, .blackfriday, .christmas, .click, .diet, .flowers, .gift, .guitars, .help, .hiphop, .hosting, .juegos, .link, .lol, .photo, .pics, .property, .sexy and .tattoo.

To find out which domains are planned for release, email us at support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

After 20 Years, U.S. Government Ready To Hand Over DNS Stewardship to Private Sector

It has taken almost two decades, but the U.S. Government is ready to transition their stewardship role for the domain name system’s (DNS) technical functions, known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, to the private sector. Throughout this period the U.S. government has always had the final say on how the DNS is controlled.

The move, endorsed by the U.S. President Barack Obama but resisted by many Republicans, follows 18 years of work by the global internet multi-stakeholder community and meets criteria the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) outlined in 2014.

ICANN was established in 1998 with, among other roles, the task of assigning the operators of top-level domains (TLDs) and managing internet number resources but the NTIA, part of the Department of Commerce, could always have the final say.

On 1 October 2016, ICANN will be handed what are sometimes referred to as the “keys to the internet” and although ICANN will still be headquartered in Los Angeles, oversight will transfer to the global stakeholder community.

“The internet’s multistakeholder community has risen to the challenge we gave them to develop a transition proposal that would ensure the Internet’s domain name system will continue to operate as seamlessly as it currently does,” said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “The plan developed by the community will strengthen the multistakeholder approach that has helped the Internet to grow and thrive, while maintaining the stability, security, and openness that users across the globe depend on today.”

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

.BANK and .INSURANCE 1 and 2 Character Domain Release

fTLD Registry Services have announced the release of single-character and two-letter domain names within .bank and .insurance. These domains will become available on the following dates on a first come, first served basis:

.BANK - 15 September 2016 16:00 UTC
.INSURANCE - 6 October 2016 16:00 UTC

These domains will be released at a premium price of £2450 / $2950 / €2600 / R43,382

If you are interested in registering one of these premium .BANK or .INSURANCE domains email us at support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

.商标 Domain Created To Protect Trademarks And Fight Counterfeiting

 
A Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) aimed at protecting trademarks, fighting counterfeits and fighting cybersquatting? Yes, really. One new gTLD has introduced an innovative solution than aims to do just that, and 7,000+ brands have already registered including: Microsoft, Google, Apple, Lacoste, Rolex, BMW, Gucci, Chanel, Amazon, Starbucks, Toyota, Watsons, ASUS and many others.

Increasingly, many Chinese consumers have both the means and the desire to purchase genuine branded products. Unfortunately, finding authentic brands online in China is very challenging.

.商标 (which translates to .trademark) was created as an online trademark symbol, to help brands establish trusted websites, where Chinese consumers can easily find authentic brands online. 

How Does .商标 Protect and Promote Trademark Rights?

The .商标 domain extension is the world’s first to require a trademark. All registrants of .商标 domains must provide proof of their registered trademark, or trademark application.

Their first-of-its-kind domain registration requirements are aimed at ensuring that all .商标 domains are registered by legitimate trademark holders, and accurately reflect their trademarks.

Why Do Trademark Holders Need “.商标?
Verified - Since all .商标 domains are manually verified by the .商标 Domain Registry’s registration assurance team, this enables consumers to identify your official brand website.

Localized - .商标 is recognized and trusted online symbol for the world’s trademarks in China. Chinese consumers do not know what the “®” or “™” symbols mean, but they do know “商标” means “trademark”. Furthermore, Chinese characters domains are Chinese user friendly, and easier to remember.

Trusted - Consumers can trust .商标 websites. The rapid growth in the Chinese online economy has led to many new threats to intellectual property, making it difficult for brands to provide consumers a trusted, secure online experience. A .商标 web address makes it easy for Chinese consumers to find authentic brands online. 

How Does a Trademark Holder Register .商标 Domains?
.商标 domain names can be registered directly through Lexsynergy. We will collect and submit the required trademark information to the registry. The .商标 Domain Registry’s registration assurance team manually validates and verifies each domain registration for authenticity and accuracy before it can go live.

The .商标 Domain Registry recognizes trademarks from over 200 jurisdictions worldwide and enables global trademark owners to register domain names in Roman characters (e.g. English), as well as Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters.

The .商标 Registry asserts that, “all brands currently doing business in China, and those who plans to do business there, should strongly consider registering .商标 domains for each of their core brands.”

If you are interested in registering a .商标 domain, or have questions, please contact us at support@lexsynergy.com.

Lexsynergy's Brexit Webinar Recording

The recent referendum in the UK has brought uncertainty and questions about its effect on local and global economies, trade, business, travel, etc. Lexsynergy's August webinar focused on how Brexit may affect our client's domain management and online brand protection strategies.

If you missed our latest webinar, you can watch a recording on our YouTube channel.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

ICANN Tells IP Community They Won't Police Piracy Sites


The intellectual property community has been pressuring ICANN to do more to police content online and force registrars to prevent the use of domain names in distributing illegal content online such as piracy websites.

However, in a letter to Greg Shatan, President of the Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN’s Chair Steve Crocker says ICANN does not police content but will enforce contractual provisions requiring registrars to prohibit registrants “from distributing malware, abusively operating botnets, phishing, piracy, trademark or copyright infringement, fraudulent or deceptive practices, counterfeiting or otherwise engaging in activity contrary to applicable law, and providing (consistent with applicable law and any related procedures) consequences for such activities including suspension of the domain name.”

The letter goes on to say that ICANN will bring enforcement actions against registrars that fail to include the required prohibitions.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

.UK and .LONDON Promotion


Starting 1 August 2016, Lexsynergy clients who register a .uk domain can receive the matching .london domain at the same cost as the .uk. For example, a client who registers companyabc.uk can register companyabc.london at a discounted price of  £8.80 / $14.96 / €13.20 / R220 per year. This is a 65% savings for the .london domain.

To secure your .uk and matching .london domains, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

IDNs Released For .SITE and .WEBSITE


Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are now available to register within .SITE and .WEBSITE. The following languages will be supported with this launch: Latin, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Lao and Arabic.

Lexsynergy can assist you with IDN registrations. Email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

.IE Updates - Reduced Registration Costs and IDNs

Reduced Registration, Renewal and Transfer Costs
Lexsynergy has reduced the cost for all standard .ie domains by 65%. Effective immediately, .ie registrations, renewals and transfers are £35 / $59.50 / €52.50 / R875 per year.

Internationalized Domain Names
IEDR (the .ie registry) recently announced that Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) with the fada characters will become available within .ie starting 23 August 2016. The launch process will begin with a Sunrise phase for trademark owners which will run for 30 days until 21 September 2016.

A Landrush phase will run from 3 October 2016 until 2 November 2016. This phase is reserved for registrants who currently hold domains in the Irish language e.g. fogra.ie, but which are missing the correct inclusion of the fada characters on any vowels. During the Landrush phase, these registrants will be able to apply for the correct IDN equivalent e.g. fógra.ie.

All IDNs that have not been registered during the Sunrise or Landrush phase will be available to register on a first come, first served basis beginning 16 November 2016.

Gaelic IDNs are not included in this launch.

Secondary Market
IEDR has proposed a policy which would allow a registrant to sell their domain via their original registrar, providing the buyer meets the .ie ownership criteria—namely, having a provable connection to Ireland.

The consultation is open until 16 August and following this IEDR will outline a final model. More information is available from their website at iedr.ie. The registry also recently announced there were 35,225 new .ie registrations in 2015, an increase of 13.4 percent when compared to 2014, in their 2015 annual report.

Email us at support@lexsynergy.com if you have any questions or are interested in registering domains within this important extension.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Verisign Outs Itself As Backer Of $135 Million For .WEB


The .web new gTLD sold for a massive $135 million in late July in an auction to a mysterious company called Nu Dot Co. There were eight companies bidding for the suffix and rival applicants had sought to defer the auction over questions of who was backing Nu Dot Co. On Monday Verisign outed itself as the provider of funds for Nu Dot Co’s purchase.

To recoup their investment Verisign intends for .web to be one of the biggest of the new gTLDs when it comes to registration numbers and no doubt to complement .com and .net, for which it already provides registry services for. The price was also by far the largest paid for a new gTLD at auction, beating the previous record of $41,501,000 that GMO Registry paid for. .shop.

Also on the same day up for auction was .webs which sold for a single dollar and the results mean ICANN has proceeds of over $240 million, minus over $7 million in expenses.

Lexsynergy will release details about the launch of .web once they are available. 

Lexsynergy Webinar: Brexit and Its Effect On Domain Name and Online Brand Protection Strategies


The recent referendum in the UK has brought uncertainty and questions about its effect on local and global economies, trade, business, travel, etc. Lexsynergy's next webinar will focus on how Brexit may affect our client's domain management and online brand protection strategies. Click on one of the links below to register for the webinar. The webinar will be held twice for your convenience.

Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 10:00am EDT (3pm UTC) REGISTER HERE
Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 1:00pm EDT (6pm UTC) REGISTER HERE

If you are unable to attend the webinar and have any concerns about how Brexit may affect your domain strategy email us at support@lexsynergy.com. We will set up a time to complete a full review of your portfolio to ensure there are no gaps and that your brand is protected.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Successful UDRP Case - papperlesspost.com

 
One of the most common typosquatting techniques is the addition or removal of a single letter from a trade mark. In this case a squatter added an extra “p” to Paperless Post and registered papperlesspost.com. Lexsynergy was able to prove that the domain name was confusingly similar to Paperless Post’s trade mark registration with the USPTO and that the squatter was using the domain in bad faith.

Lexsynergy was successful in recovering the domain name papperlesspost.com via a UDRP. The UDRP is an administrative procedure that allows trade mark owners to recover infringing domain names quickly and cost effectively. Lexsynergy's fixed fee model allows a trade mark owner to be proactive in the enforcement of its rights online. Trade mark owners should not need to settle by purchasing domain names from squatters (for cost reasons) but rather set a precedent that squatting on its trade mark will not be tolerated or used as a bargaining chip for unwarranted settlements.

Read the full decision here: http://www.adrforum.com/domaindecisions/1673997.htm

Thursday, 21 July 2016

German and Dutch Registries Warn Against Fake Invoices

DENIC and SIDN, registries for .de and .nl respectively, have separately issued warnings against fake invoices being issued for their domains.

For .de, what DENIC describe as “questionable invoices” have been issued by ".DE Deutsche Domain" that claim to be a provider of domain registration services. These invoices are not related to DENIC in any respect and the registry warns that before paying any invoice to take time to check what precisely the payment being demanded is for and to always read the small print.

Next door in The Netherlands, SIDN is warning registrants of .nl domain names to be wary of fake invoices from an organisation calling itself Domeinregistratie Nederland. SIDN warns recipients of these fake invoices to not pay them and to report the invoice to Fraudehelpdesk.nl.

If any of our clients have received any of these invoices, or questionable renewal invoices for any of your domains, please contact us at Lexsynergy as soon as possible at support@lexsynergy.com.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Lexsynergy Attending INTA's Building Africa With Brands


Lexsynergy will attend the upcoming INTA conference, Building Africa With Brands. This conference marks the first INTA conference held in Africa and will take place on 1-2 September, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Building Africa With Brands will focus on the ideas and best practices of doing business in Africa. Sessions and speakers will explore which brands have successfully transformed from an African brand into global brands as well as lessons that multinational companies have learned from doing business in Africa. As stated in the latest INTA Bulletin, “Those organizations that have moved into Africa have done well if they’ve brought their brands in properly, have protected them well, positioned themselves correctly in the market, and have proven that they’re here to stay.”

Conference sessions will cover topics such as brand creation, protection, and enforcement strategies in developing economies; developing and implementing the right IP strategy; and the challenges and opportunities in Africa from a brand owner’s point of view.

Lexsynergy has a team of experts that specialize in the African domain name and online brand protection space. With local offices in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania we have the knowledge and experience that only a local presence can provide.

The African Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) landscape is complex requiring in-depth knowledge, expertise and experience to process domain name registrations and renewals throughout the continent. Lexsynergy has direct accreditations with the African ccTLD operators and has over the years established relationships to streamline the processing of African ccTLD domain name registrations and renewals.

If your brand is preparing to establish itself in Africa let us help you with a complimentary strategy session. During this session we will discuss the strategies and steps to ensure you are maximizing your local effort with the appropriate ccTLDs and protecting your brand online. Email us at info@lexsynergy.com to schedule your session.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

.გე, The Georgian Equivalent Of .ge, Available Now

The new extension .გე, the Georgian equivalent of the traditional Latin .ge, is now available for pre-reservation. During this time it is possible to reserve domains which include a trademark or replicas of already registered .ge domains. The first year of registration is free. Starting 22 July 2016, the .გე will be open to all on a first come, first served basis.

Email Lexsynergy at support@lexsynergy.com if you are interested in reserving a .გე domain name.

Monday, 11 July 2016

.CA Gets More Secure With Domain Lock

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) in late June announced general availability for Domain Lock, a new service offered to CIRA’s D-Zone customers that allows users to quickly lock their .ca domains at the registry.

Domain Lock prevents unauthorised changes to the nameserver records and is the most secure method available for protection against domain hijacking. Examples of the types of malicious attacks that Domain Lock protects against could be as simple as a hacktivists redirecting websites to a political message, a thief intercepting emails or replacing a website with a phishing site to steal customer information.

Lexsynergy offers domain locks at both the registry and registrar level for most domain extensions. Email us at support@lexsynergy.com if you are interested in adding this additional security level to any of your domain names.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Brexit: The Effect On Domain Name and Online Brand Protection Strategies


The recent referendum in the UK has brought uncertainty and questions about its effect on local and global economies, trade, business, travel, etc. Lexsynergy's account managers have evaluated how Brexit may affect the domain management of our client's portfolio and here is what we recommend for you to take into consideration:

.eu and .ею
The referendum will have no impact on .eu registrations by British companies and individuals for now. EURid, the registry for .eu and .ею, has said that as the next steps have still not been determined and the political and legal processes not yet initiated, no action will be taken. To be eligible for a .eu or .ею domain, the registrant is required to be based in the European Union, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.

European Country Codes and Local Presence Requirements
Each European country code extension has its own set of requirements. For example, anyone within the European Economic Area (EEA), the Vatican, San Marino or Switzerland can register a .it (Italy) domain; meanwhile .hu (Hungary) requires EU residency for individuals and companies registering a domain at the second level but there are no restrictions at the third level. Lexsynergy offers local presence solutions for all EU country codes extensions and will ensure our clients retain ownership of their EU domain names.

UK Country Code Extensions
Registration and ownership of .co.uk or .uk domain names will not be affected by Brexit since these are unrestricted extensions.; however, protecting your brand within these extensions will become increasingly important as the referendum comes to fruition over the next few years. Brand managers need to ensure they have their trade marks secured in all relevant extensions - co.uk, .uk, .london, .scot, .wales, .cymru and .ie.

If you have any concerns about how Brexit may affect your domain strategy email us at support@lexsynergy.com. We will set up time to complete a full review of your portfolio to ensure there are no gaps and that your brand is protected.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Launch of Three E-Commerce Extensions – .SHOP, .SHOPPING and .STORE

Since 2014, hundreds of new domain extensions have launched. From .bank to .autos to .pharmacy, virtually every industry now has its own specific extension. Furthermore, there are dozens of generic extensions such as .online, .website, .click, and .social. Even with all of these new launches, there has been a lack of new extensions for the retail and e-commerce sector. Until now. Between April – July 2016, three new extensions are launching for the e-commerce market - .shop, .shopping and .store.

These three extensions are ideal for any company – large or small, online or offline, B2B or B2C, product or service based – to create a unique and memorable online shopping destination.

Now is the time for any retailer to evaluate their online marketing strategies and consider how these new extensions can be utilized. If the extensions do not fit into the current strategy, core trademarks should still be secured within all three extensions for defensive purposes.

So far, .SHOP has created the most buzz out of the three extensions. In January 2016, GMO Registry outbid six other companies, including tech giants Amazon and Google, for the rights to manage .SHOP. GMO paid $41.5 million for .SHOP, making it the highest price tag for a new gTLD to date. This purchase prices reflects the high expectations for this extension due to the magnitude of the e-commerce market.

Below are launch details for all three new extensions. If you are interested in securing domain names within .store, .shop or .shopping email us at support@lexsynergy.com. We will help you create a strategy that is tailed to your business needs.


.STORE
General Availability –  14 June 2016 – onward
Additional details, including annual fees, can be found here: http://www.lexsynergy.com/tlds/store


.SHOP
Sunrise – 30 June 2016 – 29 August 2016
Early Access Period – 1 September 2016 – 26 September 2016
General Availability – 26 September 2016
Additional details, including annual fees, can be found here: http://www.lexsynergy.com/tlds/shop



.SHOPPING
Sunrise – 19 July 2016 – 17 September 2016
Early Access Period – 21 September 2016 – 28 September 2016
General Availability –  28 September 2016
Additional details, including annual fees, can be found here: http://www.lexsynergy.com/tlds/shopping

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Dominion Registries To Withhold Fee For Rejected Applications

Dominion Registries, the managing registry for .boats, .yachts, .autos, .homes and .motorcycles, have announced that they will now retain a $25.00 fee for all domain applications that are rejected. This will go into effect beginning at 00:00 UTC on 1 August, 2016.

This fee is the result of a nearly 40% rejection rate within the applications they have received for .boats, .yachts and .homes. The registry has set strict guidelines for which companies and individuals qualify for their TLDs. Details on their eligibility requirements and naming restrictions can be found on the individual Lexsynergy pages -

BOATS
YACHTS
AUTOS
MOTORCYCLES
HOMES

If you are still unsure if your company qualifies, email us at support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Rightside Releases Two Character Domains

 Rightside Registry will be releasing two-character domain names within all of their TLDs. Two character domains have the benefit of being short, memorable and easy to enter on mobile devices. They make great branded content links for sharing online in order to increase engagement and brand power. As an example, UK-based Insurance company Liverpool Victoria uses LV.social as a redirect to their Facebook page. Some of the most popular Rightside extensions include .LIVE, .SOCIAL, .NEWS, .VIDEO, .ROCKS, and .SALES.

This release will be done in four phases. All Lexsynergy clients qualify for Phase 1 which is a priority phase giving you access to these premium domains prior to the general public.

Phase 1 - 13 June 2016 - Priority Access for Brand Registrars (Lexsynergy)
Phase 2 - 11 July 2016 - Other Registrar Presales
Phase 3 - 14 September 2016 - Early Access Phase (EAP)
Phase 4 - 21 September 2016 - General Availability (GA)

If you are interested in securing any two character domains, email support@lexsynergy.com

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

SGNIC Introduces RegistryLock for .SG Domains

 The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) has introduced a “RegistryLock” feature for .SG domain names with the aim of mitigating domain name hijacking risks. For now the RegistryLock is being implemented as a six-month pilot run that started in early May, with a view to convert it into a permanent feature.

RegistryLock protects domain names from being hijacked and redirected to an attacker’s website or email system. It does this by requiring the domain name’s administrative contact to unlock the domain name before the DNS nameserver information can be changed by the registrar.

Lexsynergy offers both Registry and Registrar Lock services to ensure the protection of your business critical domains. If you are interested in implementing a security lock on one of your domains, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Launch of .eю (.eu in Cyrillic)

EURid ( "the Registry") has recently launched .eю (.eu in Cyrillic). All .eu domains that use Cyrillic characters have been cloned using the extension .eю.

Any future Cyrillic domain registrations will use the Cyrillic script extension (.eю) and not .eu. Any numeric registrations will have the option of either using the Cyrillic script or the Latin script. The original Latin script and the new Cyrillic script extension will co-exist for a period of 3 years from 1 June 2016 (known as the "script adjustment phase"), after which all Cyrillic registrations that are use the Latin script will lapse and become invalid.

From 1 June 2016, you will not be able to renew your Cyrillic domains in .eu so if it expires you will need to start using the new Cyrillic domain within .eю. All details from the .eu domain have been copied to the .eю domain apart from the nameserver and DNS information.

Registration and renewal prices for .eu and .eю will be the same.

Please note that .eu domain names registered in Greek script will continue to be managed within .eu.
If you have any questions about the launch of .eю, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Domain Names for Registration in the .コム TLD

 
The new extension from Verisign, .コム (which means .com in Japanese), was released in four different launch phases. One phase, called the Priority Access Phase, was reserved for registrants who currently own a .com. During this Priority Access Phase, registrants could register an exact matching string within .コム to their existing .com domain(s). After this launch phase ended Verisign reported that over 200 domains were registered during this phase that did not qualify.

Verisign will be deleting these registrations and the domains will become available for registration on a first come, first served basis beginning at 13:00 UTC on 7 June 2016.

To request a list of these domain names or if you have any questions about this new extension, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Lexsynergy Named Best Online IP Enforcement Company

Global domain name management and online brand protection specialists Lexsynergy Limited was recently named Best Online IP Enforcement Company by Acquisition Intentional (AI) Magazine for their 2016 Intellectual Property Awards.

AI Magazine states that "the 2016 Intellectual Property Awards were created to recognise the top intellectual property professionals across the industry, including trademark, copyright, patent and litigation practices and their dedicated employees. Now in its third year, this awards program aims to offer a unique resource detailing the major players in this industry for anyone seeking IP support services."

Daniel Greenberg, Founder and CEO of Lexsynergy, said “It is a great honour to be recognised by Acquisition International Magazine as a leader within the intellectual property industry. At Lexsynergy we pride ourselves on our personalised, affordable and effective approach to managing and protecting our client’s brands online.”

Lexsynergy’s Brand Protection department has been managing intellectual property rights online for over 10 years and has a 100% success rate with UDRP complaints, recovering over a thousand domains for brand owners.

Mr. Greenberg further added, “Within our industry we are noticing that IPR owners are recognizing the importance of developing an online brand protection policy and strategy that tackles the challenges of social media and other online services that affect their business.”

You can read the full article about Lexsynergy’s online brand protection and enforcement offerings in Acquisition International Magazine HERE


Lexsynergy Limited is an ICANN accredited registrar (IANA ID 1466) with its head office in the United Kingdom (company No. 05992211) and global offices in the United States, Australia, South Africa and Kenya.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Lexsynergy at INTA - Domain Hub


 Lexsynergy will be returning as an official exhibitor at the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting in Orlando. This year we are teaming up with the Trademark Clearinghouse and fTLD Registry Services to provide attendees with a one-stop-shop for domain registrations and enforcement. At the Domain Hub we will be hosting conversations surrounding corporate domain management, how to strategically protect your mark online and new generic extensions such as .bank and .insurance. Lexsynergy will also be providing a free domain health check report which will show you how well your trademark is protected online. If you are attending INTA, be sure to come by the Domain Hub for all of your domain needs.

Friday, 6 May 2016

The Risk of Domain Privacy Services

 
Privacy and the Internet do not always meet at the same point. Trying to keep information private is difficult to reconcile with the openness of the net.

The need to remain private in the domain industry has its disadvantages, which businesses and trademark owners need to consider carefully.

What is a domain privacy service?
In order to understand the implications of a domain privacy it is necessary to be familiar with the term WHOIS. A WHOIS service is a publicly available directory containing the contact and technical information of the registered holder of a domain. It allows anyone to find out who is behind a domain.

A sample WHOIS record for the domain lexsynergy.com is inserted below. Each section of the record is highlighted in a different colour for the purposes of this article. The red section displays the domain holder’s or “owner’s” information.

Registrar URL: http://www.lexsynergy.com/
Updated Date: 2015-06-03T10:51:29Z
Creation Date: 2005-05-03T13:59:31Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2025-05-03T13:59:31Z
Registrar: Lexsynergy Limited
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@lexsynergy.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +44.2081331319
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited

Registrant Name: Domain Name Department
Registrant Organization: Lexsynergy Limited
Registrant Street: 130 Hampstead House
Registrant Street: 176 Finchley Road
Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: London
Registrant Postal Code: NW3 6BT
Registrant Country: GB
Registrant Phone: +44.2081331319
Registrant Fax: +43.15120587
Registrant Email: domains@lexsynergy.com

Admin Name: Domain Name Department
Admin Organization: Lexsynergy Limited
Admin Street: 130 Hampstead House
Admin Street: 176 Finchley Road
Admin City: London
Admin State/Province: London
Admin Postal Code: NW3 6BT
Admin Country: GB
Admin Phone: +44.2081331319
Admin Fax: +43.15120587
Admin Email: domains@lexsynergy.com

Tech Name: Domain Name Department
Tech Organization: Lexsynergy Limited
Tech Street: 130 Hampstead House
Tech Street: 176 Finchley Road
Tech City: London
Tech State/Province: London
Tech Postal Code: NW3 6BT
Tech Country: GB
Tech Phone: +44.2081331319
Tech Fax: +43.15120587
Tech Email: domains@lexsynergy.com

Name Server: ns1.lexsynergy.net
Name Server: ns2.lexsynergy.us
Name Server: ns3.lexsynergy.info


The formatting of the record can vary depending on the domain name extension such as co.uk (UK) and .es (Spain).

A WHOIS privacy service replaces the domain holder’s information with that of a privacy service provider. An extract of the privacy service WHOIS is inserted below.

Registrant Name: Registration Private
Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Registrant Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
Registrant City: Scottsdale
Registrant State/Province: Arizona
Registrant Postal Code: 85260
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599
Registrant Fax: +1.4806242598
Registrant Email: info@domainsbyproxy.com


The true domain holder’s information is concealed by the privacy service.

Why use a domain privacy service?
A privacy service is usually used if a domain holder does not want its contact information made public and/or if they want to launch a new service under that domain without attracting attention to themselves before the launch.

Privacy Risk
A trademark owner should manage their domain portfolio with the same diligence they afford to their trademarks. This means making sure that the WHOIS for each domain name matches the trademark owner’s information using a generic email address such as domains@lexsynergy.com to channel emails received in relation their domains to an appropriate person or designated department.

A privacy service makes the domain holder dependent on a third party controlling the flow of communications received from the email address on the WHOIS. This could result in important communications being missed or misappropriated.

A domain is the signage of an online business. It is the mark users use to interact with a business. The domain is therefore an integral part of any business and trademark portfolio, it should accordingly reflect the correct information.

The privacy service conceals the entity or person behind a registration so if you instruct a third party such as an advertising agency or web designer to register your domain and they use a privacy service it will not be possible to determine who owns the domain. We have seen cases where after a number of years a third party claims a right to a domain they have managed through a privacy service. The “true” holder then faces the issue of having no documentary proof of holding the domain. If the “true” holder has a trademark matching the domain they may have recourse via the UDRP but if the mark is descriptive it could be more challenging especially if relying on common law or unregistered trademark rights.

The WHOIS should act as the "legal archive" as part of an audit trail of who held a domain and when changes occurred.

The above highlights the importance of managing your domains centrally and keeping the WHOIS information updated.

Make sure your Domain is in Your Domain.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

The "Frisky" TLD Promotion - .PORN, .ADULT, .SEX and .XXX

From now until 31 May 2016, the four "frisky" TLDs, .PORN, .ADULT, .SEX and .XXX, are on sale for only $15 each for the first year. This is 75% off the standard registration price. These extensions may sound cheap but so is this promotion!

It is essential that brand owners protect their marks within all four of these TLDs. Perhaps you registered a .XXX but haven't taken action on .ADULT, .PORN and .SEX? This is the ideal time to find out if there are any gaps in your portfolio.

Contact us today and we will help you seal these gaps and protect your brand. Email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Monday, 11 April 2016

Lexsynergy's April Webinar - dotSUCKS Panel

Lexsynergy's April webinar will feature a panel of industry experts discussing the controversial dotSucks extension. This new gTLD was introduced to the marketplace just over a year ago and has proven to be problematic for many brand owners.

The webinar panelist will comprise of John Rees, an intellectual property attorney who specializes in branding, trademarks and domain name management, and John Berard, the CEO of Vox Populi (the registry of dotSucks). The panelist will be moderated by Lexsynergy's CEO, Daniel Greenberg.

During the webinar the moderator and panelists will discuss and debate topics such as why brands should secure their dotSucks domains, which Fortune 100 companies have registered a dotSucks, is dotSucks too edgy for a legitimate brand to actually utilize and some of the most popular dotSucks sites that are live today.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 27 April, 2016 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Click here to register.