Geneva
17 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

UDRP cases hit record in 2016


Trademark owners filed a record 3,036 UDRP cases through the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center last year.

Holding the top spot for another year, US-based complaintants lodged 895 cases, followed by France with 466 and Germany with 273.

Complaints from UK-based trademark owners represented only 237 cases in 2016.

The top sector of activity was banking and finance, which held 12 percent of all cases, with joint second place going to fashion and heavy industry with 9 percent each.

Since WIPO administered the first UDRP case in 1999, the total number of complaints filed has surpassed 36,000, encompassing more than 66,000 domain names.

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