Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Althaf Marsoof

Assistant Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Business Law

Email: althaf@ntu.edu.sg
Asst Prof Althaf Marsoof

Biography
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/
Research Interests
Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law ; Commercial Law ; Public Law
Current Projects
  • Algorithmic Justice: A Rights-Based approach to the Design and Use of Artificial Intelligence
  • Copyright Related Notice And Takedown: A Global Empirical StInternet Intermediaries, Friend Or Foe? Holding InternetIntermediaries Accountable For Trademark InfringementsBlockchain Technology And The Law
Selected Publications
  • 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, C Lou & HK Kim. (2019). Plain Packaging and Tobacco Trade Marks: A Constitutional and Empirical Study from Singapore. European Intellectual Property Review, 41(9), 555-563.
  • Marsoof A & I Gupta. (2019). Shielding internet intermediaries from copyright liability—A comparative discourse on safe harbours in Singapore and India. The Journal of World Intellectual Property, 22(3-4), 234-271.
  • Marsoof A. (2019). Geo-blocking and Virtual Private Networks: A comparative discourse in copyright law. WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers , 2017, 115-128.
  • Roy A & A Marsoof. (2019). The brave new world of ICANN's "new gTLDs": an analysis of trade mark disputes during and post delegation. European Intellectual Property Review, 41(3), 138-146.

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