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UDRP filings hit new record

Kevin Murphy, March 31, 2011, 10:22:56 (UTC), Domain Policy

The World Intellectual Property Organization handled more cybersquatting cases in 2010 than in any other year to date, according to just-released statistics.

WIPO said today it received 2,696 UDRP complaints last year, up 28% over 2009’s 2,107 cases.

But the number of domains covered by these cases actually slipped a little, from 4,688 to 4,370, according to WIPO.

Since the policy was created in 1999, WIPO says it has decided over 20,000 UDRP complaints, covering over 35,000 domain names in 65 TLDs.

It may sound like a lot, but it’s actually a vanishingly small percentage of the 205.3 million domain names that are registered across all TLDs today.

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