WIPO reports increase in domain name disputes 

By Tim Brown • In Brand protectionComments Off on WIPO reports increase in domain name disputes 

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, one of the administrators of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), has reported a 2% increase in cybersquatting case filings over 2014.

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.

While we expect the frequency of infringements to increase, our clients continue to benefit from protection via theTrademark Clearinghouse and Demys’ unique brand watching service.

WIPO have summarised their report in a handy infographic below and Demys will continue to keep clients informed of updates in the space.

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About Tim Brown

Tim is Director of Brand Protection – Demys’ intellectual property protection division. In this role Tim has advised some of the world’s foremost brands on Internet intellectual property matters over the past sixteen years.

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