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newspapers_Some snippets of news today on IPcopy including .africa domain names, updates to the UPC CMS and a new IP Inclusive event.


Tyrone Walker of Moore Attorneys writes to IPcopy on the subject of the .africa domain name:

The .africa domain name is now available to the public. Any person or party can go ahead and register the .africa domain name on a first come – first serve basis. Companies such as Disney and Total have already registered the www.disney.africa and www.total.africa domain names.

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) is the body which administers .africa domain name registrations and has provided a ‘Sunrise Phase’, wherein, registered trademark owners were exclusively allowed to apply for .africa domain names for a certain period of time, to the exclusion of the public. The Sunrise Phase has ended and the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) confirmed 981 .africa domain name registrations by registered trademark owners.

Chief Executive Officer of the ZACR, Lucky Masilela, states that ‘’the new .africa domain name enables the public an acquisition of a valuable online real-estate in a fast growing and high-potential market. Individuals and organisations can showcase their company and/or brands while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services’’.

UPC – Case Management System – Sunrise Configuration

The UPC Case Management System beta test site has been updated with a message that the sunrise configuration of the CMS will be available soon. At the moment users can still log in to the current (pre sunrise) build of the CMS (v0.40.2) but IPcopy understands that over the next few weeks the accounts on the current build will be disabled and it will be possible to create new accounts on the sunrise site.

IP Inclusive – Impostor Syndrome

IP Inclusive and CIPA are organising an event on 19 September 2017 at various locations across the UK on the subject of Impostor Syndrome. One of the London events will be held at Keltie (see here for further details). The IP Inclusive blog has full details of all 11 locations for this event.

Mark Richardson 10 August 2017


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