Dr Althaf Marsoof is an Assistant Professor of Law attached to the Division of Business Law of the Nanyang Business School (NBS). Prior to joining the NBS, he spent three years at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London in the United Kingdom (UK), where he completed his Doctoral research investigating approaches to, and challenges in, holding internet intermediaries accountable for infringements of trademark rights. His research was fully funded by the Dickson Poon PhD Scholarship grant. Before moving into full-time academia, he worked for over six years as a State Counsel attached to the Attorney General’s Department in Sri Lanka. He holds a Bachelor of Science in the field of information technology from the Curtin University (Australia) and a Master of Laws (with first-class honours) from the University of Cambridge (UK). He spent a year in Australia researching on the applicability of Australian laws relating to trademarks and consumer protection, as well as common law tort principles, to the context of trademark infringements committed in the online environment. This research was the basis for his MPhil thesis at the University of Queensland, which was supported by two grants–the International Postgraduate Research and Centennial scholarships. Dr Marsoof teaches Business Law as part of NBS's undergraduate programme. He also coordinates and teaches the Law of Obligations and Intellectual Property as part of NTU's Renaissance Engineering Programme. In 2018, he was awarded the John Cheung Endowment Social Media Award for the use of social media platforms to enhance teaching and in 2020, he was awarded the NBS Research Award for the Division of Business Law.
Professional memberships and affiliations:
International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP): Member (since Aug 2018)
Higher Education Academy of the UK: Fellow (since Mar 2017)
Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), Singapore Management University: Visiting Researcher (Jul 2016 - Jul 2017)
Intellectual Property Division of LAWASIA: Member (2016-2017) Bar Association of Sri Lanka: Member (since Dec 2007) For a full list of his publications, please visit: https://althafmarsoof.academia.edu/
Intellectual Property Law; Law and Technology; Law and Development; Human Rights
- Copyright Related Notice And Takedown: A Global Empirical St Internet Intermediaries, Friend Or Foe? Holding Internet Intermediaries Accountable For Trademark Infringements Blockchain Technology And The Law
Marsoof A & Li Ting Tan. (2021). A CSR/fair trade inspired policy for fairer Geographic Indications.
The Journal of World Intellectual Property. First published: 18 March 2021, https://doi.org/10.1111/jwip.12186.
Marsoof A.(2021). Intersections Between Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution. Handbook of Intellectual Property Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Marsoof A & R Perera. (2020). Legitimate advertising or trademark infringement? An analysis of the practice of keyword advertising amid the COVID-19 crisis.
European Intellectual Property Review, 42, 589-602.
Marsoof A and D Ong. (2019). Resolving the Anomaly in Contract Formation under the UNCITRAL Rules and the Common Law. Hors Serie Volume XXV, 2019: Modernization of National Commercial Laws and the Role of International Legal Harmonization (published online). New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/1764509/CHAPTER-1.pdf.
Marsoof A. (2019). Internet Intermediaries and Trade Mark Rights. Routledge https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351208512.