Cybersquatting on the Rise, Says WIPO - Does the Dispute Resolution System Work?
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The system is popular, and itís no wonder. It allows anyone who believes they have a right to a domain name to get it back without fighting an expensive legal battle or paying large sums of money. It costs only about $1,500 to file a claim with WIPO, and the case can be resolved in months rather than years. Complainants do have to prove certain points, however. For a good examination of the process, check this article (http://www.seochat.com/c/a/Search-Engine-
News/Google-Wins-Cybersquatting-Dispute/), which covers what Google went through last year in dealing with a cybersquatter.
Itís not just the money, either. Sure, cost effectiveness is an important factor, but the process itself is very predictable and swift. Most complainants who choose to use the UDRP rather than traditional litigation consider it to be a far quicker and cheaper way of protecting their trademark rights against cybersquatting.
With something as global as the Internet, itís important to have a process whose validity and jurisdiction is recognized throughout the world. Fortunately, WIPOís Arbitration Center is set up to handle cases in different languages, allowing parties from all over the world to file complaints under the UDRP. In addition to the countries mentioned in the previous section, cases were filed in 2005 by complainants from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, China, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
Itís worth keeping in mind that WIPOís Arbitration Center canít force any financial penalties onto anyone. When it decides in favor of the complainant, it usually forces the cybersquatter to hand over the disputed domain name(s). And by the way, if you want to know another possible reason the UDRP is so popular, consider the Arbitration Centerís record: it has decided in favor of the complainant in 84 percent of its cases.
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