WIPO 2019 report: 3,693 UDRP cases covering 6,298 domain names

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Trademark owners filed a record 3,693 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2019.

WIPO’s 2019 caseload covered 6,298 domain names in total. The Center held a major October 2019 conference in Geneva to mark the 20th anniversary of the UDRP system, under which WIPO has already administered over 46,000 cases.

Representing 76.9% of the generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) caseload, cases in .COM demonstrated the continuing popularity of the legacy gTLDs. For the first time, WIPO’s caseload also included domain names in the national .CN domain (China).

WIPO UDRP cases in 2019 involved parties from 122 countries, up from 109 in 2018. The U.S., with 1,132 cases filed, France (637), and the U.K. (343) remained the top three filing countries, while Switzerland (250) and Germany (216) swapped places to round out the top five.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now live in Athens, Greece. I love domains and building websites. I am online since 1995, learned about HTML in 1996 and about domains in 2002. I started publishing the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

4 comments

  1. “Trademark owners filed a record 3,693 cases”

    Since some of them were determined NOT to be trademark owners, the number of cases filed by “trademark owners” is less than the total number of cases.

    Owning a trademark is one of the things they are required to prove. Not all of them succeeded.

    • Konstantinos Zournas

      Semantics, semantics… 🙂

      You are right. Of course anyone can file a complaint… and then fail…

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