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September 12, 2006; 07:44 AM
Sequitur IPS launches today with a brand new service offering which focuses upon one thing and one thing only: representing the parties to domain name arbitration proceedings, whether they are those making allegations of cyber-squatting (known as complainants) or those accused of cyber-squatting (known as respondents).

Sequitur IPS Principal Hagit Ben-Artzi hopes to bring expert representation to parties to the proceedings who might otherwise be unrepresented. “The fact is,” she says, “that a represented party will usually win a case against an unrepresented party. We aim to provide the same quality of advice and representation that you would get from a major international law firm or an intellectual property boutique, but at a fraction of the cost.”

Domain name disputes arise where one person registers a domain name but another has, or claims to have, rights in that domain name. Commonly, the rights asserted are registered trade mark rights, but they can also be unregistered rights. Domain name disputes have rarely been out of the headlines in recent months, with celebrities ranging from Wayne Rooney to Damien Hirst reportedly going after cyber-squatters.

Cyber-squatting disputes are nothing new. The main set of rules governing domain name arbitration – the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy or UDRP for short – was first introduced back in 1999. However, in the years since the introduction of the UDRP, the volume of domain name disputes has increased dramatically.

The two main forums for the determination of UDRP disputes are the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO) based in Switzerland and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) based in the USA. In January 2006 WIPO reported a 20% increase in the number of domain name cases filed in 2005 as compared to 2004. In 2005, a total of 1,456 domain name cases were filed. NAF reported an even bigger rise, handling 25% more domain dispute cases in 2005 compared to 2004, bringing its annual total to 1,369.

You can visit the Sequitur IPS’s domain name disputes website at for more information.

Sequitur IPS
Hagit Ben-Artzi
[email protected]



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