n Without Prejudice - Domain name disputes : intellectual property




Since the arrival of the information era through the internet many South African companies have been affected by domain name hijacking, cyber-squatting or simply the unauthorised registration of trade marks as domain names. In the past, disputes of this nature had to be settled through expensive and time consuming court proceedings. Now they are settled through an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process in terms of regulations governed by the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act ( 2002). The ADR process is administered by the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).


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