Yale University was among a record number of organizations filing "cyber- squatting" cases in 2008 to stop others from profiting from their famous names, brands, and events, Reuters reports. Web sites in dispute in 2008 also included references to Madrid’s 2016 Olympics bid, the British Broadcasting Company, Research in Motion’s Blackberry, actress Scarlett Johansson, and company names such as eBay, Google, and Nestle. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says it handled 2,329 cases under its dispute procedure for internet page names. And the problem could get worse, WIPO says. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages the system of domain names for web addresses, is preparing to launch many new series of suffixes. These new generic top-level domain names will allow a vast increase in the number of internet addresses, providing new scope for trademarked names to be abused — or at least making it harder for the trademark owners to monitor them…

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