Domain Names and Cybersquatting as Deadly Threats to Trade Marks: Any Remedy Under the Nigerian Law?
Posted: 20 Jul 2015 Last revised: 9 Apr 2016
Date Written: July 18, 2015
Although the process for registering domain names is a separate one from trademark registration, many countries have reached the conclusion that there is a strong need to take precautionary measures to prevent conflicts between trademarks and use of domain names. Nigeria has, with the recent passing of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 joined the moving train in adapting its trademarks protection framework to the exigent demands of participating in the network of computers on the World Wide Web. This paper examines the concept of trademark infringement, cybersquatting and the use of domain names, as well as considers the appropriateness of an action for trademark infringement or passing off in the event of a dispute arising from use of domain names. The paper also examines the criminalization of cybersquatting in Nigeria and makes a bold attempt at imploring the judiciary to join the moving train in the fight against trademark infringement even as technology advances.
Keywords: Domain Names, Cybersquatting, Trade Marks, Infringement, Nigerian law, Intecllectual Property, Cybercrimes Act 2015
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