On 25 August 2015, Matthew Harris, Waterfront’s joint head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution gave his 300th judgment in a domain name case.
Matthew was first appointed as a WIPO Panelist for Domain Name disputes by the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva in 2002 and subsequently was appointed to similar roles at Nominet and the Czech Arbitration Court.
Over the course of the last 13 years Matthew has either made or been part of a panel that made decisions involving approximately 500 domain names and 3 new gTLDs.
Although his 300th decision was two weeks ago, it has only recently become publically available. The case involved a dispute between Dutch company and a US individual over rights in the domain name. The decision was unusual in that it included a rare finding of “reverse domain name hijacking”.
Superman is Clark Kent. Batman is Bruce Wayne. And Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, is…Dr Craig Wright (or so he claims).
As AI technology develops, we are now firmly in the age of non-humans authoring literary content which might be worthy of protection under intellectual property laws.
One of the hottest trade mark issues around at the moment is the question of how effectively can trade mark rights protect brand owners’ interests in non-fungible tokens (otherwise known as “NFTs”).