Waterfront Partner Matthew Harris has been quoted in the World Intellectual Property Review regarding a recent generic top-level domain (gTLD) decision by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In that decision, the WIPO panellist ruled against US fashion retailer Express’ objection to Donuts, the leading applicant for new gTLDs, from competing for the .express domain. In his comments, Matthew stresses that such decisions are “always going to be an assessment of the facts of the case.” You can read the article here.
Matthew is the Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution at Waterfront and one of only seven UK lawyers appointed by WIPO as a Legal Rights Objection Expert.
A recent EU trade mark application for the word mark, PUT PUTIN IN, has been refused by the European Union Intellectual Property Office on the grounds of being contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality. While a fairly straightforward decision, this is a timely reminder…
Late yesterday UK time, it was reported that a lawyer for Twitter had sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg complaining about Meta’s new Threads app. Twitter claimed that it “has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (Meta) has engaged in systematic, wilful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”.