Nominet reports 8% increase in domain disputes

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Nominet, the company behind .UK, has today released the annual summary of domain name disputes bought before its Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). A total of 726 complaints were made, up 8% on 2013.

In 2014 there were 98 full decisions (where the respondent has defended the case). The most common industries were retail (18); automotive (7); banking and finance (6); food, beverages and restaurants (6); and Internet (6).

The year saw cases bought by complainants from 35 different countries, led by the UK (549) followed by the US (64), Germany (15) and Lichtenstein (13). Respondents were even more widely dispersed, coming from 51 different countries. Again the UK leads with 545 respondents, but Saint Kitts and Nevis is in second place with 26.

Nominet’s full report can be found here and Demys are proud to note that we represented two of the parties mentioned as “interesting” cases. Equally, Demys’ Andrew DS Lothian and Tim Brown are both Experts for the DRS and regularly decide disputes under the Policy.

Nominet established the DRS in 2001 to offer an efficient, transparent method of resolving disputes relating to .UK domain names. The DRS seeks to settle disputes through mediation and, where this is not possible, through an independent expert decision.

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 seventeen years.

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