Cybersquatting and the UDRP: The US and .com Lead the Way
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has issued a recent report concerning the number of filed cybersquatting complaints filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) over the last ten years. According to an analysis done by CircleID Reporter titled “Latest Cybersquatting Stats from WIPO”, the U.S. ranked the highest at 43.81% out of the top 15 countries represented for having the greatest number of filed UDRP complaints in the last ten years. From December 1999 to December 2008, approximately 14,663 UDRP cases have been filed involving more that 26,000 domain names. Of the domain names included in the report, .com domains was reported to be the most prevalent domain extension involved in cybersquatting claims filed under the UDRP. See the results of the report below:
Since the launch of the UDRP in December 1999 through December 2008, the WIPO Center has received 14,663 UDRP or UDRP-based cases—both gTLDs and ccTLDs—covering 26,262 separate domain names. US, France, UK, Germany, Switzerland and Spain were the most frequent bases for complainants, while the US, the UK, China, Spain, Canada, and France were the most represented countries by named respondent party.
The .com gTLD remained the solid leader in terms of the number of domain names included by complainants in cases filed with WIPO (79%).