The Communications Decency Act of 1996 | The Volatile Law that Built the Internet

The Communications Decency Act was first made law in 1996 and has been one of the most important and volatile sets of rules and regulations ever since. Immediately after its passing, free speech groups filed suits to rule it unconstitutional due to it being vague in a number of areas, which would result in it violating the first amendment. Much of the original law was indeed ruled unconstitutional, but some of it Read More

4 Situations When You Need a Nondisclosure Agreement

If you are running a business, you need to make sure you are able to maintain every possible market advantage possible. For many businesses, the most important thing is to keep your products, technologies, strategies, and other ideas private so competitors can’t use them. One of the most effective ways to do this is to use non-disclosure agreements whenever appropriate. These agreements will allow you to share Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Patent Process

Do you have the next great idea for a product, app, or other item that you hope will make you millions? Before you are able to really move forward with this type of thing, you need to protect your idea so it isn’t stolen the second someone hears about it. In order to get legal protection of your idea, you will need to obtain a patent from the US Patent Office. With millions of ideas patented, and new ones being Read More

Understanding Domain Name Warehousing

One issue that most companies don’t expect to have to face when running their business is called “domain name warehousing.” This is a practice wherein a domain name registrar will gain control of an expired domain name and then not list it for resale right away. This is done with the intent to try to sell the domain back to the original owner or another party at an inflated price. In most cases, a business will Read More

Intellectual Property Law 101: What’s the Difference Between Trademarks and Copyrights?

For today’s modern businesses, protecting the business’s intellectual property is almost as important as protecting its physical, tangible property (and in some cases, even more so). In order to ensure your IP is legally protected, you need to use and employ the right tools and strategies. In many cases, this means filing for either a trademark or a copyright and then continuing to protect your rights even after you Read More

What is Litigation?

Litigation is the legal process through which the plaintiff and defendant (litigants) argue their side in court to achieve a specific outcome (monetary award, injunction to stop use of patented invention, avoidance of paying a settlement, etc.). Both businesses and individuals can file complaints with the court to start the process. In the end, the side that provides the best argument or demonstrates enough proof Read More

Understanding Patent Litigation

If you’ve been accused of 'stealing' a patented invention, you may face a myriad of legal obstacles that could result in the loss of time and money for your business due to fighting the charges brought against you. Patents allow businesses and individuals to legally protect their property from use by another business/individual in its entirety or in conjunction with other products. The use of a patented invention Read More

Mediation and Arbitration: Alternatives to Litigation

Litigation is not the only option when it comes to reaching a settlement with another party. Litigants can agree to other means such as mediation or arbitration to reach an agreement that's fair for both sides. Unfortunately, once a complaint goes to trial, a judge or jury will have the final say in terms of damages paid, injunctions, and other rulings. During a trial, both sides will be able to present evidence, Read More

What Does Cyber Law Mean in Today’s World?

Areas of Cyber Law on The Internet Today In many ways, the World Wide Web is a bit like the Wild Wild West of the 21st Century. There's a huge realm of things people are discovering how to do online, and many of them aren't exactly on the up and up. Cyber Law or Internet Law attempts to bring order to this budding world that has so much promise, and so many dangerous possibilities. Here are some common areas that Read More

The Libya Anticybersquatting Domain Name Lawsuit

I recently successfully represented Mr. Ahmad Miski in a matter originally captioned as “The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Embassy of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya v. Miski.” Stated another way, my client was sued by the “Embassy” of Libya. The case was a domain name matter involving the domain names embassyoflibya.org, libyaembassy.com, libyaembassy.org, and libyanembassy.com. Read court's Read More