WIPO publishes stats on domain name cybersquatting cases
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that its Arbitration and Mediation Centre handled 3074 cybersquatting cases filed by trademark owners in 2017, under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In the context of WIPO’s overall caseload in 2017, cybersquatting disputes related to new generic top-level domains (gTLD) represented 12%, while disputed related to country code top-level domains accounted for 17% of all WIPO fillings. Most cybersquatting cases were filled from the USA, followed by France, the UK, Germany, and Switzerland. Almost one-third of all cybersquatting disputes in 2017 were related to three industries – banking and finance, fashion, and Internet and information technology.