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WIPO UDRP Filings up 4.6% in 2015

Posted on the 18 March 2016 by Worldwide @thedomains

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) “cybersquatting claims” by just 4.6% last year

In 2015, 2,754 Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) claims were filed, a 4.6% increase on the number in 2014.

New gTLDs accounted for 10.5% of the number UDRP’s filed.

The New gTLDs .xyz, .club and .email were among the most common new suffixes to be the subject of UDRP claims, WIPO said.

US-based companies led the way in filing the challenges (847), with France, Germany and the UK second, third and fourth respectively.

The fashion industry was responsible for 10% of the claims last year, WIPO reported, while banking, finance and IT companies accounted for 9% each.

Consider that the growth rates for the legacy extensions in 2015 combined with the growth of new gTLD’s,  shows that the increase in UDRP filings with WIPO is about the same as the growth in domains in general.

Of course WIPO is not the only UDRP provider and does not offer URS filings for new gTLD’s

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