03 Jun

After facing backlash from key figures in the zero-knowledge (ZK) community, Matter Labs decided to withdraw its trademark applications for "ZK" in multiple countries. This decision came following criticism from renowned individuals like Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali, and leaders from Polygon and StarkWare, who argued that ZK technologies should remain freely accessible to everyone rather than being monopolized.

The controversy arose when Matter Labs sought exclusive intellectual property rights over the term "zero-knowledge," sparking concerns about the privatization of a fundamental concept in the ZK field. This issue escalated as the zkSync project geared up for a major airdrop, coinciding with other developments like Polyhedra's use of the "ZKJ" ticker for its token listing.

Amidst mounting pressure, Matter Labs announced its decision to abandon the trademark efforts through a post on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) on June 2. The company recognized the challenges in globally managing such trademarks and acknowledged that what works for one blockchain platform like Ethereum may not be suitable universally.

While Matter Labs clarified its intention to safeguard the term "ZK" within its project scope, such as ZK Sync and ZK Stack, it ultimately yielded to community concerns and dropped all trademark applications, reaffirming the communal nature of ZK technology.

June 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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