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World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) reports a 20 percent jump in action against cybersquatting but Sri Lankan companies still not defending their names in cyberspace. World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) reports a 20 percent jump in action against cybersquatting but Sri Lankan companies still not defending their names in cyberspace. WIPO says 1,456 cases were filed against cybersquatting or the unauthorised registration of trademarks as website addresses, in 2005.

This is the highest number of complaints against cybersquatters that the organisation received in four years and is a 20 percent increase compared to 2004.

?While most cases are filed by parties based in the United States of America or Europe (including, increasingly, in Eastern European countries), cases have also been filed in 2005 by parties from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, China, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela,? said a statement from WIPO.

In Sri Lanka however, complaints of cybersquatting are extremely rare as most local companies are still not defending their tra