The World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre reports that the rising trend in the number of complaints made under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) over the last couple of years has continued in 2008.

With the commencement of the new gTLD system and the availability of new TLD’s, such as .tel, it seems likely that the rising trend in domain name complaints will continue, in spite of the prevailing economic climate. Of the cases administered by WIPO the statistics indicate that the very large majority (around 84 per cent) result in transfer of the disputed domain name to the complainant, a trend which is very much consistent with the writer’s personal experience as a panellist in adjudicating over 80 domain name disputes to date. The UDRP has proved to offer a very cost-effective, fast and consistent means of resolving domain name cyber squatting complaints and its importance will only increase with the further expansion of the Internet.