Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Don't Let Your IP Slip Through the Net

Thanks to a tip-off from Birgit of (Class 46) I have two opportunities in one day to link to colleague Warren Weertman on domain name strategies (as reported on AllAfrica here). Warren comments on the increasing trend in cybersquatting and proffers a solution through the UDRP (which applies to .com, .net and .org domain names) and the ZADRR (which applies to co.za domain names) forums as being quicker and more cost effective than the Courts; taking as little as 60 days from start to finish. Warren illustrates that in Kenya, there is no similar type forum, which in effect means tackling the issue of cybersquatting using costly court procedures. Of course Kenya is not the only country where (and there are many in Africa) there is no alternative dispute resolution forum for domain name disputes. Russia is also an example of where a.ru cybersquatter can be difficult to dislodge, without expensive proceedings.

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