According to an article in Managing Intellectual Property , Erik Wilbers, the Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, said:
“The Center is close to releasing a new version of its bible for panelists. The new “2.0” version will include topics that have emerged in recent years, such as whether domainers who design computer programs to register domains automatically are guilty of bad faith registration and use—a key part of the Policy.
“The answer is yes they are guilty,”
“It is a form of willful blindness.”
“The new Overview is likely to be published within the next few months.”
Nice to see WIPO is in the process of slanting the rules further in favor of trademark holders which already have a better than 85% win rate.
Of course the natural question is how will a complainant or a WIPO Panel know that a domainer used a computer program to register domains?
Or will they just presume so?
Guess we will have to wait for the new publication.
On a side note, the artcile also mentions that WIPO filings are on a record pace.