9 May 2012
In 2011 the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center recorded a 2.5% increase in the number of reported cases of cybersquatting – in other words, registering a domain name in bad faith to profit from the goodwill of someone else’s trademark. A total of 2,764 complaints were filed with WIPO during the year in respect of 4,781 domain names.
As before, the results confirm that it is worth the effort of filing a complaint: 88 percent of cases were decided in the plaintiff’s favour. Most of the complaints filed against cybersquatters were made by the proprietors of trademarks in the retail sector, and more than three quarters referred to .com domains.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry expresses fears that the introduction of new generic top level domains will fuel a further increase in the number of cybersquatting cases.