.africa domain success

Trademark owners have shown great interest in the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD). dotAfrica (.africa) is the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) for the African continent. The .africa domain scored within the global top 10 for the largest number of...

Domain Name Infringement

Trademarks serve to distinguish companies, goods, and services from competitors, and domain names provide unique identification on the Internet. With millions of companies competing for the attention of online users, every step taken in protecting and distinguishing a...

Domain Name Disputes

What is a Domain Name? A domain name represents an Internet Protocol (IP) source such as a server address hosting a website, or the website itself. The registration of a domain name is usually administered by domain name registrars who sell their services to the...

Chinese Domain Name Scam

The Chinese Domain Name Scam is an e-mail that is sent from a Chinese company stating that someone else has inquired about registering your domain name in another Country code top-level domain like .asia, .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn and .org.cn. This scam is trying to...

Connecting New Dots: Domain Names

If you would like to register a website for your brand at .africa, .capetown, .joburg, or .durban, now is your chance to ensure that you’re first in line. The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) will be launching 4 new gTLD (general top level domains), namely .africa,...

Commercial Values & Intellectual Properties

Commercial values in a business can include the intellectual properties such as patents, trademarks, and designs and also copyrights owned by that business. In many instances, a business has little or no commercial value without its intellectual properties. The...

Trademarks & Domain Name Disputes

It has become increasingly important for a business to have a virtual presence in cyberspace. It has therefore become common practice for a business to register its established trade mark as a domain name in order to benefit from the trade mark’s reputation and...

What is the nature of domain name disputes?

While designed to serve the function of enabling users to locate computers (and people) in an easy manner, domain names have acquired a further significance as business identifiers and, as such, have come into conflict with the system of business identifiers that...

Cybersquatting and Passing Off Domain Names

There is a difference between cybersquatting and passing off domain names. Cybersquatting: a company registers a domain name without the intention to use it. The only reason for registering the domain name is to prevent others from registering a name. If you are thus...