New Data: Cybersquatting Cases Up in 2015, Driven by New gTLDs
New data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Cybersquatting disputes relating to new gTLDs accounted for 10.5% of WIPO’s UDRP caseload in 2015, which covered a total of 4,364 domain names. Among these names, .XYZ, .CLUB and .EMAIL were the most common new gTLDs.
Country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) accounted for 13.7% of all filings with WIPO in 2015, with 71 national domain registries designating this WIPO dispute resolution service.
WIPO UDRP cases in 2015 involved parties from 113 countries. The U.S., with 847 cases filed, was the first-ranked WIPO filing country, followed by France (337), Germany (272), the U.K. (229) and Switzerland (169). Among the top five users, Germany (+48.6%) saw the highest growth in cases filed.
The top three sectors of complainant activity were fashion (10% of all cases), banking and finance (9%), and Internet and IT (9%). Hugo Boss leads the list of filers – 62 cases – followed by Philip Morris (60) and AB Electrolux (48).
WIPO panelists from 45 countries were appointed in 2015, and proceedings were administered in 11 different languages.
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