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

Internet Safety For Kids

These days, kids get online at a younger age than ever before. There are some very useful things kids can do online, such as learning, research, educational games, and more. The internet is also something that need to be approached carefully for young users. There are plenty of cyber threats such as scams, identity theft, inappropriate content, and other dangerous things online that kids need to stay away from. With Read More

Menhart Quoted on Do-Not-Track

  I was recently quoted on the FTC's proposed "Do Not Track" list in the Maryland Daily Record (subscription required). The proposed "Do Not Track" list is a follow-up proposal in light of the success of the "Do Not Call" list. The proposal would allow consumers to notify advertisers that they do not want their personal information shared for online marketing purposes. The article discusses a variety of viewpoints as Read More