Football dominated cybersquatting complaints in 2009: WIPO
Complaints about football-related website addresses made up a key part of the cybersquatting disputes in 2009, said the UN intellectual property agency Tuesday.
Among the cases was a decision in favour of FIFA for the web address www.fifaworldcup2010.com after a complaint was filed by world football's governing body.
The South African football federation also filed a challenge over cybersquatting, WIPO said.
In all, the agency received 2,107 complaints on 4,688 domain names in 2009.
This marked a drop of 9.5 percent in 2008, when a record number of cases was put forward, said WIPO head Francis Gurry.
Gurry noted that this fall reflected reductions in companies' budgets for litigations amid the economic crisis.
About a quarter of the cases in 2009 were resolved by the parties ahead of a panel decision.
Of the remainder, some 87 percent found in favour of the complainant.
(c) 2010 AFP