WIPO stats for Q1 2013: UDRP complaints down, average number of domains per case up, .com domains 62% of cases

I checked the WIPO stats for the 1st quarter of 2013 and found that UDRP complaints have slowed down while the average number of domain names per case has increased.

Usually the first 2 quartes of the year have the most UDRP complaints filed but Q1 2013 had the lowest number of complaints of all 2012 quarters.

2012 2013
Q1 763 651
Q2 762
Q3 658
Q4 701

2013 started with a lot of complaints but it gradually ended up to one of the lowest numbers for March ever.

2012 2013
January 192 251
February 271 216
March 300 184

The average number of domain names per case has gone up significantly reaching more than 3 domain names per case in 2013:

Year Average Number of Domain Names per Case
1999 1.00
2000 2.02
2001 1.58
2002 1.69
2003 1.61
2004 2.21
2005 2.27
2006 1.54
2007 1.64
2008 1.70
2009 2.22
2010 1.62
2011 1.73
2012 1.76
2013 3.06

In 2012 75% of the domains were .com while in 2013 the number has dropped to 62%. .Net, .org and .info have seen great increase:

2013
.com    1417    61.64%
.net    327    14.22%
.org    269    11.70%
.info    228    9.92%

2012
.com    3475    74.84%
.net    487    10.49%
.org    322    6.94%
.info    264    5.69%

There has not been a single .xxx UDRP complaint in WIPO in 2013 after 16 complaints in 2012.

In ccTLDs .nl lost first place to .co and that shows the growing popularity of the .co.

2013
ccTLDs    Number of Domain Names
.co    21
.nl    20
.es    15
.au    13
.mx    11

2012
ccTLDs    Number of Domain Names
.nl    103
.au    55
.es    53
.ch    53
.co    47

While the percentage of the denied complaints is pretty much stable, the percentage of cancelled domains has decreased even more:

2013
Outcome Number of Cases Percentage
Cancellation 2 0.88%
Transfer 206 90.35%
Complaint denied 20 8.77%
2012
Outcome Number of Cases Percentage
Cancellation 64 2.84%
Transfer 1985 88.07%
Complaint denied 205 9.09%

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center published its 2012 review on “Internet Domain Name Dispute Resolution”. In 2012, trademark holders filed a record 2,884 cybersquatting cases covering 5,084 Internet domain names with the WIPO Center under procedures based on the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). This represents an increase of 4.5% over the record established in 2011.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He loves domains and building websites. He is online since 1995, learned about html in 1996 and got into domains in 2002. He started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

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