[At-Large] Fwd: [governance] WIPO Reports Another Record In Cybersquatting Disputes In 2012

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    WIPO Reports Another Record In Cybersquatting Disputes In 2012

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By William New <http://www.ip-watch.org/author/william/>, Intellectual
Property Watch

It was another record year in 2012 for cybersquatting cases filed at the
World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation
Centre. In addition, WIPO announced results of a survey that show that
its mediation services could benefit parties to technology-related

Trademark holders filed 2,884 cases covering 5,084 internet domain names
at the WIPO centre, a 4.5 percent increase over 2011, the previous
record year, according to a press release. WIPO is one of the global
locations for filing cases under the 1999 Uniform Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy (UDRP). Cases involved generic top-level domains
(gTLDs like .com), and country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs like .ch
for Switzerland).

Cases filed at WIPO in 2012 were decided by 341 panellists from 48
countries, with proceedings in 13 different languages, the top five
being English, Spanish, Chinese, French and Dutch. The top three areas
of activity last year were retail, fashion and banking/finance. Some 75
percent of all cases were in the .com domain. One in five cases were
settled, and in 91 percent of cases, evidence of cybersquatting was found.

WIPO said it also has begun to see disputes filed in relation to the new
gTLDs being launched at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN). As of 13 March, there were 71 cases filed under the
Legal Rights Objections procedure.

The WIPO centre also offers services for technology and other
intellectual property disputes, under mediation, arbitration and
expedited arbitration rules. As of December 2012, there had been nearly
300 cases filed under these rules over the past five years. Examples of
areas of case filings include: patent infringement, patent licences,
information technology transactions, distribution agreements for
pharmaceutical and consumer products, copyright issues, research and
development agreements, and media-related agreements.

Survey: Tech Disputes Could Benefit from ADR

WIPO today also announced the results of a survey of users of
alternative dispute resolution methods for technology-related disputes.
With nearly 400 respondents from more than 60 countries, it found that
parties to technology agreements are concerned about the cost and time
of resolving formal disputes, making WIPO’s alternative dispute
resolution (ADR) services more attractive.

“While court litigation remains the default path, survey responses
indicate that ADR offers attractive options in terms of cost and time,
as well as enforceability, quality of outcome, and confidentiality,”
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said in the release.

      Related Articles:

  * WIPO Holds Annual Arbitration Workshop Off-Site For First Time
  * European Patent Office Reports Record Patent Filings In 2012
  * WIPO Reports Robust Growth In Demand For IP Rights In 2012

/William New may be reached at wnew at ip-watch.ch <mailto:wnew at ip-watch.ch>./

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