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.