mark validation system (mvs) for .africa, .joburg, .durban & .capetown

The MVS is the service used to validate trade marks for the purpose of securing domain names in the Sunrise period for .Africa, .Joburg, .Durban and .Capetown.

The MVS includes a watch service that will notify a trade mark owner when a domain name that matches or includes its trade mark is registered within the .Africa, .Joburg, .Durban and .Captetown TLDs.

To participate in the Sunrise for other new gTLDs the trade mark must be submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). To find more information about the TMCH and how we can help you visit our TMCH page.

Sunrise

Sunrise is a period initiated prior to the public launch of a TLD. During this period, trade mark holders are given the opportunity to register their validated marks as domain names, ensuring that their marks are protected across the specified TLD.

Claims Notice

During the Claims Period, after the Sunrise, the MVS will notify trade mark holders of validated marks if a domain name matching their validated mark is registered.

Watch Service

This service is an extension of the Claims Notice. Trade mark holders are able to associate variants of their marks. Variants are strings that are confusingly similar to a mark, but are not validated as legitimate marks.

An example of a validated mark is "Books". A variant of "books" is "bo0ks" or "mybooks".

Owners of validated marks (including associated variants) will receive notifications from the MVS when a domain name matching any of the variants is registered across the specified TLDs.  

Application Fee

Mark Validation and Watch Service Registration Fee - £55 or $88 or €64 or R908

The price includes:

* Validation of one mark;

* Claims Service

* Watch Services for 1 year, activated from the first launch of the four TLDs;

* Up to 10 strings or variants

Renewal Fee

Watch Service Renewal Fee - £15 or $24 or €17.50 or R248

Additional Watch Service Fee

Additional Watch Services Fee - £15 or $24 or €17.50 or R248. The fee includes:

* 10 Variants per bundle

* Extension of the Watch Service

Required Documents

The documents listed below are required for all categories:

* Signed Declaration of Use Document (download here)

* Sample of use (marketing material, including social media, website screenshots, brochures and pamphlets)

* The documentation for a specific catergory listed below.

Categories

The additional documents listed below are required for each category:

Registered Trademarks

* Copy of Trademark Certificate

* Signed License Declaration (if required)

Company and Trust Marks

* Copy of Company Registration Document or Copy of Trust Deed

* Signed License Declaration (if required)

Court Validated Marks

* Copy of Court Approval for Mark

* Signed License Declaration (if required)

Marks Protected Under Statute or Treaty

* Copy of Source Statute

* Signed License Declaration (If Required)

Common law marks or unregistered marks will require two samples of use.

Priority of Marks

Validated marks will be allocated according to their priority starting with priority 1.

Priority 1 Marks

* Registered and validated Marks in an African jurisdiction.

* Marks validated through a court of law or other judicial proceeding in an African jurisdiction.

* Marks protected by a statute or treaty anywhere in the world.

Priority 2 Marks

* Registered and validated Marks in any jurisdiction outside of Africa.

* Marks validated through a court of law or other judicial proceeding outside of an African jurisdiction.

Priority 3 Marks

* Names of companies, trusts or other juristic entities registered in an African jurisdiction.

* Business or trading names registered in an African jurisdiction.

* Unregistered or "common law" trade marks in an African jurisdiction.

Priority 4 Marks

* Names of companies, trusts or other juristic entities registered in any jurisdiction outside of Africa.

* Business or trading names registered in any jurisdiction outside of Africa.

* Unregistered or "common law" trade marks in any jurisdiction outside of Africa.

SUBMIT your trade mark to the MVS via Lexsynergy.

Register an account or login to submit your trademarks.

To find out more about the MVS email brandprotection@lexsynergy.com.