March 30, 2010

On March 23, 2010 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that more cybersquatting complaints were filed under procedures of the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) in 2009 than ever before. This WIPO article (link HERE) references an overall decrease in the UDRP caseload of about 10% from 2008, but that the 2009 caseload covered the highest number of individual domain names in a year (4,688) since the launch of the UDRP in December 1998. As referenced within the article, "[t]he UDRP has become accepted as an international standard for resolving domain name disputes outside traditional courts," which "is designed specifically to discourage and resolve the abusive registration of trademarks as domain names, commonly known as cybersquatting." The 2009 caseload comprised parties from 114 countries, which were handled by 310 WIPO panelists from 46 countries.

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