WIPO report that cybersquatting cases reach record high

By Tim Brown • In Brand protectionComments Off on WIPO report that cybersquatting cases reach record high

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced that in 2017 trademark owners filed an all-time high of 3,074 WIPO cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Cybersquatting disputes relating to new generic Top-Level Domains (New gTLDs) accounted for more than 12% of WIPO’s 2017 caseload, which in total covered 6,370 domain names. Of all New gTLDs, registrations in .STORE, .SITE, and .ONLINE were the most-commonly disputed.

Almost one-third of banking and finance-related decided cases filed in 2017 concerned case involving fraud, phishing or other scams – the highest rate among all business sectors. In over one-third of fashion-related decided cases filed in 2017, complainants asserted counterfeiting, the second highest rate among all business sectors.

Demys continue to support their clients with brand protection advice and cost effective, reliable and successful online enforcement; including drafting and submission of UDRP disputes. For more information please contact your usual account manager or read about our brand protection services.

WIPO’s full press release can be found here.

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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