Cybersquatting: USA and UK at Top

WIPO, an organization for the protection of intellectual property has just released a pessimistic report on the problem of cybersquatting, the creation of domain name to corresponding brand names.

The aim is usually to sell the domain to the firm that own the brand name or simply take advantage of its notoriety to park the domain as support to advertising.

The launch of new TLDs by ICANN can only exacerbate a problem that is already growing alarmed WIPO, however, as we shall see, these are the most classic TLDs that are involved in these disputes.

The statistical table shows that after a period of decline from 2000 to 2003, the number of disputes continues to increase since 2004.

The breakdown by country for the complainants (ie those for which the mark is squatted) is as follows:

    1. USA: 43.8%
    2. France: 10.7%
    3. UK: 7.5%
    4. Germany: 5.7%
    5. Switzerland: 5.5%
    6. Spain: 4.6%
    7. Italy: 3.2%

If we compare these figures to the population, it seems that France is the country which is proportionally the main victim of cybersquatting.

Indeed the distribution of complaints in relation to cybersquatters is quite different, but for USA and UK.

    1. USA: 39.5%
    2. UK: 8.5%
    3. China: 5%
    4. Canada: 4.8%
    5. Spain: 4.6%
    6. Korea: 4%
    7. France: 3%

This time we see emerging countries in Asia next to Anglo-Saxon countries, the latter being so as much victims as perpetrators.
It is also interesting to note that the bulk of litigation concerns on .com (80%), far ahead of .net, .org and .info.
Hence the interest in protecting its brand name with a deposit of the .com even if you prefer to use another TLD.

Many other tables are provided in the article: Report of the WIPO.