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Increase of UDRP cases treated in 2005


The latest WIPO report underlines an increase in cybersquatting cases filed in 2005 compared to 2004. This cases have been treated via the UDRP filing procedure, which is one of the option for a trademark owner to recover an infringed domain name (read "how to recover an infringed domain name").

"The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) saw a 20% increase in the number of cybersquatting (abusive registration of trademarks as domain names) cases filed in 2005 as compared to 2004. In 2005, a total of 1,456 cybersquatting cases were filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. This increase represents the highest number of cybersquatting cases handled by the WIPO Center since 2001."

"The Center’s online facilities and its ability to handle cases in different languages have allowed parties from all parts of the world to protect their rights under the UDRP. While most cases are filed by parties based in the United States of America or Europe (including, increasingly, in Eastern European countries), cases have also been filed in 2005 by parties from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, China, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela."

Read the whole article (Press release 435, 25 january 2006, WIPO)

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