Well it seems as the trademark lobby predicted there isa lot of cybersquatting going on in the new gTLD space, a lot more than I thought we would ever see.
I was one who thought there would be a negligible amount of trademark infringing domain names registered in the new gTLD space due to the high cost of registration and the small probability of any type in traffic.
However just looking at the most recent 400 UDRP/URS cases filed or decided, 69 concerned new gTLD’s domain names (multiple domains in the same UDRP were only counted once) which represents over 17% of the 400 cases.
Based on the last Verisign Domain Industry Report, there are 280 Million registered domain names as of June 30th 2014 and as today just 3.5 Million domain names are new gTLD’s or less about 1.25%
So the number of UDRP/URS cases filed to all UDRP’s to the number of gTLD’s registrations to total registrations based on the last 400 cases, is more than 15x higher.
Once the year is over we can get exact figures on the number of cases filed on new gTLD’s Vs. all other domains and then look at the number of cases where the domain name was ordered transferred in the new gTLD space compared to all other new gTLD extensions.
Here are the new gTLD’s we are citing in the above stats: