According to Google’s count, there were 127 stories published online yesterday about the report from WIPO that “cybersquatting” cases increased 8% last year.
As one of the readers to this blog commented yesterday in response to my post, each of these 127 stories made it sound that Cybersquatting was totally out of control based on this 8% increase. Most of the stories like the one by Reuters, lead with the headline “Cybersquatting Cases Hit Record” or “Cybersquatting Complaints Soar to Highest Level”.
None of the 127 stories (that I read) discussed the overall increase in domain namesregistrations in relation to the number of cases filed.
So out of the 2,239 cases filed 30% were resolved without decision and 15% were won by the domain holder.
Therefore your looking at just over 1,400 cases that went to panel and came back with a decision in favor of the complaintant.
On the other hand Verisign reported earlier this year that the for 2008, there were 177 million domain name registrations across all of the TLD’s which represented an increase of 16% over the previous year.
My math tells me if registrations increase 16%, and disputes increase 8% the number of cybersquatting cases are falling in proportion to registrations.
1,400 cases out of 177,000,000 what percentage does that come to?
I don’t have enough zero’s on my calculator to figure that one out.
Funny how I did not about this in any of the 127 articles from yesterday.
on the “real” story which is WIPO is going to try to put the burden on registrars to police trademark infrigement, including expanding the definantion of what is included as a trademark,