Domain Names and Cybersquatting: Implications for Trademarks in Nigeria

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In this article co-authored by our Joseph Onele with Ms. Emmanuela Onyilofor of The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland and published in The Gravitas Review of Business & Property Law, the authors made the point that the feasibility of instituting an action for trademark infringement by a trademark owner, under the statute or under common law, against a cybersquatter, continues to provide a fertile ground for controversy.

 

They examine the concept of cybersquatting within the context of Nigerian law; the appropriateness of an action for trademark infringement or passing off in the event of a dispute arising from the use of domain names; and the criminalization of cybersquatting in Nigeria as well as the civil remedies available for cybersquatting in Nigeria.

 

Thoughts and opinions expressed in the article are solely his and not necessarily representative of the firm’s position.

 

The article, which is to be cited as Joseph Onele and Emmanuela Onyilofor ‘Domain Names and Cybersquatting: Implications for Trademarks in Nigeria’ (2018) 9(4) The Gravitas Review of Business & Property Law 115-133, is available here.

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