Our attorneys at the IBC Law Firm specialize in a large variety of Internet-related legal issues and marketing services to provide our clients with the expertise and knowledge to navigate the digital world successfully. Some of our legal specialties include resolving domain name disputes and theft, trademark infringement and copyright/DMCA issues, and unfair competition situations. With us, you can be confident that you, your brand, and your business will be protected.
Internet Law & Technology Services
Do you want to start selling or advertising online? We can help with everything from creating a business name, setting up a business entity to drafting website terms and conditions, and entering into supplier agreements. At the IBC Law Firm, we have experienced startup attorneys that can help you lay a successful foundation for your company.
Internet domain name acquisitionsWe provide multiple services when it comes to domains that span from negotiating the purchase of a domain name, assisting the transfer of a domain, and even helping you sell one of your current domains.
Trademark Infringement or Issues
Do you suspect that someone is using your trademark or business name without your permission? This can also entail someone using a name or logo similar to yours that leads to confusion. Trademark infringement or unauthorized use of your trademark is a reality that our team is experienced in handling. We can help secure and protect your business’s trademark against damaging use.
If you have writing, photography, or videos you want to protect, you may want to register them with the U.S. Copyright Office. Doing so protects your intellectual property against people who steal your work or copy it too closely. Registering your property also secures your intellectual property rights, which are important to protecting your work if it’s stolen or copied. Our lawyers can assist with registering a copyright and filing claims against people using yours illegally.
DMCA Takedown Notices
According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, internet service providers and hosting companies must take down unauthorized content if they receive a proper DMCA take down notice. This is also sometimes referred to as a DMCA complaint and can vary based on the type of takedown requested. Our attorneys can help you file a notice and navigate the process if you receive one.
Online defamation can be extremely harmful and damaging not only to your company brand, but also to your bottom line and employees. Defamation can cause a headache and create issues that are tedious and time consuming to resolve. If there is false and defamatory language published about you or your business, you have multiple options to resolve the situation. Our defamation attorneys are skilled to help you successfully remove damaging content and rebuild your image.
Online reputation is critical to your business image and success. If your name or business is being damaged or seen negatively in search engines, there are numerous ways to improve your position, remove harmful content, and clean up the negative results. Our experienced attorneys can help you take back your reputation.
Your brand is much more than just a logo, it’s how your consumers interact with your company through different touch points. It’s important to protect your brand and the positive reputation you’ve built up. At the IBC Law Firm, we are proactive in protecting your brand against damaging statements and help to prevent the thieving of clients through use of your intellectual property.
Nomative Fair Use
This doctrine allows individuals and businesses to “use” otherwise protected intellectual property in very specific instances, like when it’s being critiqued. This law includes fine lines that can be confusing to navigate correctly. We recommend having an in-depth understanding of this doctrine, or contacting one of our attorneys to ensure you’re abiding by the requirements to stay out legal trouble.
If you own an e-commerce business, be prepared. There are numerous issues that can arise when running an online sales company. There are supplier relations, purchase agreements, sales transactions, shipping logistics, and more you’ll have to set up and manage. Our experienced e-commerce attorneys can help you set up your business correctly the first time to avoid costly and time consuming mistakes.
FDA Rules and Regulations
The Food and Drug Administration regulates claims about drugs and supplements made both online and offline. Their regulation is not just for FDA approved items, but also extends to ones that aren’t FDA-approved. It’s vitally important to make accurate claims about the use, benefits, and side effects for any drugs and dietary supplements you may be selling. This makes certain that your consumers are accurately informed about what they’re buying and protects you against false claims about your product.
FTC Rules and Regulations
The Federal Trade Commission helps prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices. They also provide resources and information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid scams and fraud. It’s important to abide by FTC rules and regulations to ensure your business isn’t operating under illegal practices. Our team of attorneys are well versed with the ins and outs of the FTC and can help you set up your business for success.
Entering into an affiliate partnership is a popular way to market your business and products. Regulated by the FTC, affiliate agreements specify what each party is responsible for, payout terms for commission and conversions, and the length of the affiliate partnership. These agreements are significant because they help avoid confusion or legal issues throughout the length of the partnership.
Internet Website Development Agreements
When you’re looking to develop your website, there are some legal issues that can arise between your company and the service provider, making it important to enter into a website development agreement. These agreements cover site specifications and timelines for completion, as well as the parties involved and payment agreements. This kind of agreement can help protect you against legal issues and confusion throughout the length of work.
Internet Hosting Agreements
Internet hosting agreements are made between a customer and the web hosting provider. These terms layout when hosting will begin and commence, deposits, renewal fees, and contract termination requirements. These agreements can also ensure that the web hosting company cannot reverse engineer or decode any technology or information on your website. Our team of attorneys know how to properly execute these agreements to ensure your website will be secure and protected.
Outsourcing and/or Procurement Agreements: Outsourcing can have significant financial benefits for businesses, particularly due to lower costs of labor in other countries. If you’re thinking about outsourcing part of your business overseas, it’s important to create a thorough outsourcing agreement to ensure both sides are clear on the specific terms of pay, expected work to be completed, and the agreement length.
More and more people come online daily, making the Internet one of the most promising places to invest marketing time and money. At IBC Law Firm, we specialize in a wide variety of marketing initiatives, including affiliate marketing programs, crowdfunding platforms, and high-traffic bloggers. Contact us today to see how our experienced team can jumpstart your business in the digital world.
Cybersquatting is also known as the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act in U.S. federal law. This is the practice of registering names, especially prominent company or brand names, as Internet domains in the hope of a trademark belonging to someone else, and reselling it to them at a profit. If your trademark or name is subject to cybersquatting, it’s crucial to know how to obtain the domain quickly and legally to protect your company and brand.
Domain Name Disputes
Domain name disputes are becoming increasingly common as more businesses and people move their information online. The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) outlines how to legally handle domain name disputes with agreements, court actions, or arbitration. Our team of attorneys have experience in domain name disputes and can help determine your rights if you’re involved in one.
Hiring Freelancers Online
If you hire someone online, you will need to put an independent contractor agreement in place, possibly a non-compete agreement, and execute a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Our attorneys can help set these documents in place to ensure you’re protected and set up for success when hiring freelancers.
Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) are crucial for business security. Before you give access to sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, account numbers, and customer lists, you should have an NDA signed by the third parties who will have access to this information while working with your company. This guarantees they won’t disclose information that’s covered in the agreement and states the ramifications if they do. Contact one of our attorneys to draft an NDA specifically for your business today.
There are multiple situations where we recommend creating business contracts. Whether it’s for hiring someone, purchasing equipment, partnering with a friend for a new business, or making an investment, you should always consult an experienced business attorney and put the appropriate business contracts in place. This will ensure both parties are informed of what is expected and what actions will be taken if the contract is breached.
Cease and Desist Letters
If another business or an individual is damaging your business and fails to stop their behavior, a cease and desist letter may be appropriate to resolve the issue. The purpose of this letter is to threaten legal action if they do not stop their illegal activity in a timely manner. This option is effective and helps both sides find resolution without costly litigation.
If someone owes you, your business, or property money and is being difficult to work with, an official demand letter might be appropriate. A lawyer can help you clearly state what your demand is, why the law supports your claim, and what will happen if the other party fails to cooperate. This is often an effective method of resolving this issue for a fraction of the cost of filing a lawsuit.
Litigation should always be used as a last resort, but when other people and businesses aren’t willing to resolve an issue, litigation might be required. At the IBC Law Firm, we’re experienced in a wide variety of civil litigation cases. We have expertise in obtaining judgments, applying for Writs of Executions and serving Writs on both real estate owned by the defendant where it becomes a lien, as well as serving Writs on banks in Arizona where the bank is required to turn over funds to help satisfy the judgement.