Baker & McKenzie, the firm suing an Edinburgh dad on behalf of the CS Lewis estate after he purchased the ‘narnia.mobi’ domain name has not managed to protect its own .mobi domain name.
Bakers has come under fire during the past week for its aggressive pursuit of Richard Saville-Smith, who claims he and his wife bought the narnia.mobi domain name as a present for their 11-year-old son.
But Bakers does not even own its own bakernet.mobi domain name, despite sending out an alert to clients advising them to register their trademarks during the dot.mobi sunrise period. It in fact belongs to Michael Potters, CEO of the US-based Glenmont Group – a niche recruiter specialising in legal technology. Potters claimed he has no intention of extracting money from Bakers, which is one of his clients, in return for ownership of the domain.
“Two years ago my ex-employee registered a bunch of dot.mobi names in my name,” he said. “There was a frenzy in the US at the time. I’ve no intention of getting money from it.”
Potters added that he had not “earned a penny from this” and would be terminating his ownership.
A Bakers spokesman said he had no knowledge of the site in question.