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Fewer UDRP Filings in 2017 at WIPO


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) updated its database yesterday afternoon, and it is now showing UDRP filings for 2018. This indicates that the 2017 UDRP filings are all added, and based on this assumption, the number of UDRP filings at WIPO decreased in 2017.

In 2016, a record number of UDRP filings were made at WIPO. By the end of the year in 2016, a total of 2,653 UDRPs were filed against domain names. In comparison, last year (2017) there were 2,603 UDRP filings at WIPO. This difference is approximately 2% year over year.

The 2017 figure is still larger than the 2,378 UDRP filings in 2015 and the 2,288 UDRP filings in 2014. These figures do not include UDRP filings at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) or other UDRP providers.

I am not really sure what caused the small decrease in UDRP filings. I would imagine it could have to do with the declining number of new gTLD registrations. It could also be related to fewer discounted domain names that were offered by new gTLD registries last year. From my own observations, it seems like people took advantage of very inexpensive new gTLD domain names to buy domain names that had trademarks in them. This is purely anecdotal though.

If I were to guess, I would say that we will see another decline in UDRP filings in 2018. The difference may be inconsequential, but it is better than seeing the number grow.

More importantly though, I hope to see a decrease in the number of UDRP filings against valuable generic and short (LL.com, LLL.com, and LLLL.com) domain names. It would be difficult to compare UDRP filings against this subset of all filings, but even a small number of these filings is upsetting.

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