Position: Chief Legal Officer and Domain Dispute Expert
Micah leads the Domain Dispute Department and serves as the Chief Legal Officer of Safenames Ltd, a global domain name registrar and online brand enforcement company with offices in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. He has counseled both global enterprise clients and smaller e-commerce/Internet companies in the area of domain name dispute filings and cases of trademark infringements on the Internet. Micah also heads the legal team at Safenames. Together that team manages the company’s Internet trademark enforcement matters and is supported by a group of domain name specialists who conduct extensive discovery research for dispute cases.
Areas of Practice
Micah is an expert at filing disputes with a wide range of Dispute Resolution Service providers around the globe including WIPO, NAF, NOMINET, CEPANI and CIETAC. He has filed domain dispute cases for generic TLDs such as .COM, .NET and .ORG, as well as for country code TLDs such as CO.UK, COM.AU and .ES. He has won disputes reviewed with both a single panellist and three-person panels. Micah also assists clients with the recovery of trademarks that are being illegally used in accounts on social media websites such as You Tube™ and Twitter™. He also oversees secondary market domain acquisitions when escrow services are used to purchase a domain.
Micah has a 100% success rate in Domain Dispute cases while at Safenames. Micah has been responsible for the retrieval of many high profile domain names including dunnbradstreet.com, disneycruises.co.uk, john-frieda.com, supercasino.co.uk, 888casino.es and cougarlife.com.au. Micah won a landmark case for FragranceX.com (http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=D2010-1237) in October of 2010. In the FragranceX.com case, thirty-seven (37) domains were registered to twenty-two (22) different registrants and Micah was able recover all names in a single UDRP filing. This win established a precedent that a Complainant can file a single UDRP action against multiple Respondents, provided that there is an valid argument that they are the same person or entity. He and the Safenames team continue to work with clients on bulk domain name recovery strategies to maximize the return on their investment and increase protection of their overall brand. Micah also successfully negotiated the settlement of a domain dispute prior to the arbitrator’s ruling on freepeople.com.au, a highly complex case involving a United States based company and Australian trademark rights.
Disney Enterprises Inc, Dun and Bradstreet, Sony Europe, Urban Outfitters Inc., Avid Life Media, Arsenal FC PLC, KAO Brands, Hexagon AB, Apple Corp Ltd.
Micah studied Law at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. He regularly attends domain dispute workshops held by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other Internet IP law continuing education sessions.
- Safenames UK: +44 1908 200022
- Safenames US: +1.703.574.5313