WIPO’s latest report, released yesterday, detailed 2,634 cases concerning 5,591 domain names that were lodged by trademark owners alleging abuse of their marks.
Country code TLDs accounted for 13% of all filings but the big change reflected the rise of new generic TLDs, with WIPO reporting that they represented 3.9% of domain names in their 2014 caseload compared to 65.2% in the .com top-level domain.
Demys’ latest research – to be released soon – has shown that the proportion of new gTLD disputes has continued to rise rapidly and as of February 2015 over 30% of UDRP and URS dispute filings related exclusively to these new names.
WIPO’s findings broadly match Demys’ experience of protecting clients’ brands online. Through 2014 and into 2015 there has been a general increase in the incidence of cybersquatting and online infringements and this has been especially pronounced in the new gTLD spaces.
WIPO have summarised their report in a handy infographic below and Demys will continue to keep clients informed of updates in the space.