Domain Names

We protect your domain names against cybersquatters who threaten your brand and digital identity on the internet.

Protection for your global brand against Domain Name disputes and cybersquatters.

Domain Names

In today’s modern, interconnected world, it is very important that your clients and customers are connected with your real domain name and not one being passed off by cyber-squatters looking to profit off of the good name associated with your global brand.

Brand owners, corporations and limited liability companies secure domain names which are relevant to their trademarks, business names, and company identities. However, while doing this, companies should consider the intellectual property implications of using domain names that are similar to, or are already registered by, and protected for, already existing brands so as not to infringe on the brand names or registered trademark of another company.

Importance of Domain Names in the Digital Era

Domain names play a crucial role in the digital era, serving as the online address and identity of businesses and individuals. Here are some reasons why domain names are important:

Brand Identity: Domain names are a key component of a brand’s online identity. Choosing the right domain namethat reflects your brand can help establish your online presence and create a strong brand identity in the minds of your target audience.

Online Reputation: Your domain name can impact your online reputation. A well-chosen domain name that reflects your brand and business can help build trust and credibility among your customers and stakeholders, while a poorly chosen or disputed domain name can negatively affect your reputation.

Online Marketing: Domain names are an essential element of your online marketing strategy. They can be used in digital marketing campaigns, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media marketing to drive traffic to your website and increase your online visibility.

Business Expansion: Domain names can be valuable assets for businesses looking to expand their operations online. Having a strong domain name can open up new opportunities for e-commerce, online sales, and reaching a wider audience, both nationally and internationally.

Legal Protection: Properly registering and protecting your domain name can provide legal protection against potential domain name disputes, trademark infringement, and cybersquatting. It is essential to understand the legal aspects of domain names to safeguard your business interests and protect your brand.

Our Approach to Domain Names

At Kabbiz Legal & Advisory, we take a proactive and strategic approach to domain name matters. We provide expert legal advice and counseling on all aspects of domain names, including registration, transfer, disputes, enforcement, portfolio management, and due diligence. We keep our clients informed about the latest laws and regulations governing domain names and provide practical solutions to protect their interests. We are involved in registrations, protection and enforcement, and portfolio management for our clients.

Domain Name Registration

We assist clients in the selection and registration of domain names, helping them secure their online presence and protect their brand identity. Prior to domain name registration, we perform domain name and trademark clearance due diligence searches at relevant directories in order to help our clients prevent intellectual property disputes over their preferred domain name which they want to associate with their brands. We can advise on domain name availability, selection of appropriate domain name extensions, and guide you in the registration process.

Additionally, we assist our clients with their domain name transactions. This includes the acquisition of domain names from third parties; we also negotiate domain name buyouts and licensing. 

We assist our clients in the domain name registration and transfer process, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations. We conduct thorough searches to identify available domain names, advise on appropriate domain name extensions, and handle all legal aspects of the registration and transfer process.

Domain Name Transfer

We provide legal support for domain name transfer matters, including drafting and reviewing transfer agreements, negotiating transfer terms, and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Domain Name Disputes

Our lawyers have extensive experience in handling domain name disputes, including disputes related to domain name infringement, cybersquatting, and trademark disputes. We can assist clients in resolving domain name disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation. This is closely related to our Intellectual Property practice including UDRP Domain Name Dispute Resolution and Cybersquatting. We work diligently to protect our clients’ rights and interests in domain name disputes and strive to achieve favorable outcomes.

Domain Name Enforcement

We help clients enforce their domain name rights, including sending cease and desist letters, filing domain name complaints, and pursuing legal actions against infringers globally.

Domain Name Portfolio Management

We provide strategic advice on domain name portfolio management, helping clients optimize their domain name assets and mitigate risks associated with domain name management. We provide strategic advice on domain name portfolio management, including identifying potential risks, optimizing domain name assets, and developing strategies to protect and manage domain names effectively. We assist our clients in developing and implementing domain name management policies and procedures to safeguard their domain name portfolio.

Domain Name Due Diligence

We conduct domain name due diligence for clients involved in corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, to identify and mitigate any domain name-related risks.

Why Choose Kabbiz Legal & Advisory for Your Domain Name Matters?

When it comes to domain names, choosing the right legal representation is crucial. At Kabbiz Legal & Advisory, we offer the following advantages to our clients:

Expertise in IP Law: As a specialist IP law firm in Nigeria, we have in-depth knowledge and expertise in all aspects of intellectual property law, including domain names. Our lawyers are well-versed in the Nigerian laws governing domain names, including registration, transfer, disputes, and enforcement.

Corporate & Commercial Law Experience: In addition to IP law, our firm has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law. This allows us to provide holistic legal advice to our clients, taking into consideration the broader business implications of domain name matters, such as branding, marketing, and online presence.

Online Reputation Management: We understand the importance of protecting your online reputation, and domain names play a significant role in shaping your brand image online. Our team can help you proactively manage your online reputation by advising on domain name selection, registration, and protection strategies.

Protect your Digital Portfolio

In the digital era, domain names are essential assets for businesses and individuals alike. At Kabbiz Legal & Advisory, we understand the unique legal challenges and opportunities associated with domain names in Nigeria, and we are committed to providing comprehensive legal services to protect our clients’ interests. With our expertise in IP, Corporate & Commercial Law, and online reputation management, we offer proactive and strategic solutions for domain name matters. Contact us today to discuss your domain name needs and how we can assist you in safeguarding your online presence and protecting your brand identity.

Domain Name Transactional Highlights

  • Successfully identified the digital identity theft which involved the theft of the identities of the entire team members in a leading commercial Lagos-based professional services Firm and some high-ranking officers of the Ghana Health Service by a cybersquatter. We initiated DMCA takedown proceedings with its domain registrar, Ligne Web Services SARL dba LWS in France, got the website taken down and removed entirely from search engine result pages.
  • Advised a commercial entity on the trademark infringement implications of (their) trying to acquire certain domain names.
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