Doug Isenberg examined the effect of new gTLDs on the number of Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) results on the GigaLaw blog in his post entitled, “Dot-Com is Still King — of Domain Name Disputes.” Here are some of the highlights . . .
Although more than 1,200 new gTLDs have been launched, the majority of domain name disputes still involve .com domains. Year-to-date in 2017, .com domain names make up 69.78% of disputes, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For the full year 2016, 66.82% of all gTLD disputes involved .com domain names.
Both statistics above show a decrease from the first year of new gTLD applications — 2012 — when .com domain names made up 74.84% of all gTLD disputes.
The list of new gTLDs represented in 10 or more (UDRP) cases at WIPO in 2016, is led by .xyz, .top, .club, .online, and .vip.
So what’s the reason behind the relatively low number of new gTLDs involved in disputes? Isenberg writes that overall new gTLDs still represent a small percentage of overall domain name registrations, plus trademark owners “care more” about .com domain name registrations “while new gTLDs are bothersome to many trademark owners, their limited appeal makes them less important to dispute.”