Anti-SLAPP

You have a constitutional right to petition the government for a redress of grievances guaranteed under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution as well as the free speech and petition clauses of many state constitutions. If someone is trying to intimidate or censor your free speech, you have the right to fight back and in some cases there is already legislation to help. What is a SLAPP? A SLAPP or a Read More

What You Need to Know About Cyberbullying

When most people hear of cyberbullying, they assume that it is an issue only impacting young people who are bullying others online. While that is certainly a major component of this problem, this is just one aspect of a much larger subject. In fact, cyberbullying today impacts adults all the time, and is even a very serious legal subject that can lead to fines and jail time. If you are a victim of cyberbullying, or Read More

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