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Cybersquatting Cases Increased 5% Over Last Year, WIPO Reports

By Eric Misterovich

The number of cybersquatting cases handled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) increased 5% in the last year to reach a record 2,884 filed cases. According to WIPO’s director general Francis Curry, the majority of the cybersquatting cases were filed in the areas of retail, fashion, banking, and finance. The United States was responsible for the most cases filed (798) and the most respondents (784). Though China was second in respondents with approximately 500 cases filed, only nine Chinese individuals filed cases with WIPO. The data collected by WIPO indicates that the center of domain name disputes is shifting, as WIPO is seeing increasing activity in Southeast Asia and other emerging economies.

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