BrandShelter Domain News
WIPO: 2,764 Cybersquatting Cases in 2011
2012-03-15 | Jamile Tarabay
In 2011, trademark holders filed 2,764 cybersquatting cases covering 4,781 domain names with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) based on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The number of cybersquatting cases increased by 2.5% compared to 2010.
Since the UDRP’s launch in December 1999, the WIPO Center has received over 22,500 UDRP based cases, covering 40,500 gTLD and ccTLD domain names. Cases filed with WIPO in 2011 included complainants and respondents from 110 countries. In 2011 the top five areas of WIPO complainant activity were retail, Internet and IT, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, fashion, and banking and finance
The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy is an international standard for resolving domain name disputes outside the courts. It is designed specifically to discourage and resolve the abusive registration of trademarks as domain names (cybersquatting).
Under the UDRP, a complainant must demonstrate that the disputed domain name is identical or confusingly similar to its trademark, that the respondent does not have a right or legitimate interest in the domain name and that the respondent registered and uses the domain name in bad faith. Disputes are decided by independent panelists drawn from the WIPO Center’s global list of trademark specialists.