3/28/2008

U.N. agency ousts record number of “cybersquatters”

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:53 am

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ousted a record number of “cybersquatters” from Web sites with domain names referring to trademarked companies, foundations and celebrities in 2007.

WIPO, a U.N. agency based in Geneva, received 2,156 complaints alleging “abusive registration of trademarks on the Internet” last year, up 18 percent from 2006 and 48 percent more than the filings lodged in 2005.

“These increases confirm that ‘cybersquatting’ remains a significant issue for rights holders,” Francis Gurry, WIPO’s deputy director-general said on Thursday.

Most complaints came from the pharmaceutical, banking, telecommunications, retail and entertainment sectors.

Drugmakers were the top filers “due to numerous permutations of protected names registered for Web sites offering or linking to online sales of medications and drugs,” WIPO said.

 

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