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Date:21 October 2010
Statement of Interest
David Taylor - European representative Intellectual Property Interests Constituency
Uodated 21 October 2010
I am a Partner in Hogan Lovells International LLP ("Hogan Lovells"), an international law firm with 2500 lawyers worldwide and I head up the firms Domain Name Practice called Anchovy®. I work out of our Paris office and am a qualified lawyer in both England and France with a background in engineering and a PhD in Physics.
I specialize in advising clients in intellectual property and technology issues because I find them interesting and in particular the protection of brands online and domain names. I formed our specialised stand alone domain name practice, called Anchovy®, over a decade ago, for brand owners worldwide offering a one stop shop for all domain name related matters including strategy, portfolio management and enforcement across the globe. The Hogan Lovells domain name practice is an integral part of the firm's full brand protection service. From time to time Hogan Lovells has represented firm clients in intellectual property matters adverse to registrars and it is likely to do so periodically in the future. We may also, from time to time, represent registrars during the course of our business.
I have filed numerous UDRPs since its inception in 1999 and many other complaints under specific ccTLD dispute resolution policies. I have also acted for numerous respondents in such matters. I also act as an independent domain name panelist with WIPO (for the UDRP) the Czech Arbitration Court (for .EU and the UDRP), Nominet (for .UK) and Malaysia (.MY).
Our firm is an accredited domain name registrar with ICANN as well as for a number of ccTLDs.
With regard to new gTLDs I am advising a number of our clients generally on developments, risks and opportunities some of whom may apply for a new gTLD in due course.
I am an individual member of the IPC and member of various other Intellectual Property organisations; INTA, Marques, ECTA and the Society of Computers and Law. I am currently a special advisor to the INTA Internet Committee. I have no financial or any relevant interests in ICANN or the GNSO.