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Knowing The Who, What, and When of Domain Services

Sometimes it’s important to figure out who or what company owns a particular domain. Antigone Peyton, Chair of the Intellectual Propherty and Technology Law Group at Protorae Law, describes web domains as the “primary digital method, outside of social media, for unauthorized parties to grab and use other companies or

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Internet of Things: Friend or Foe?

Have you ever wondered whether there’s a dark side to all of this data collection and sharing (besides the problems associated with the ever-increasing data breaches)? The answer is—there is a dark side—that data can be use against you or someone else you know in a court of law.  Here’s a little

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FTC Focuses on Ensuring Businesses Keep Their Privacy Promises

2018 has been a big year for privacy issues for companies around the world. The new European privacy law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – came into force, the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach came to light, the new but imperfect California Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA) was created and

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A Hidden (and Legal) Method for Tech Companies to Fund Their Friends’ Shadow Campaigns Against Strong IP Protections

Until recently, I did not really pay attention to class action lawsuits or settlement requirements. After all, I’m an intellectual property and technology lawyer. Class action litigation isn’t my thing.  Now I am really paying attention, and I’m following the money—closely. Here’s why…  The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to investigate a class action settlement in a case filed by search engine users who

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A New Whiff of Privacy, California Style

Apparently how you smell is personal information (in California). With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of 2016 in force for about a month, California’s legislature was looking to up its game and “get tough” on its big, home-grown tech companies’ well-documented privacy faux pas. So on June 28,

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EU Data Protection Laws: Why US Companies Should Care

After being introduced in April 2016, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially comes into enforcement effect today, replacing the existing EU Data Protection Directive. Although similar to the previous data protection law, the GDPR includes new and enhanced requirements aimed to protect the fundamental rights of natural

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A Sad Day for Happy-Talk

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States recently held that the disparagement clause of federal trademark law violates the First Amendment. This disparagement clause refused federal trademark registration for trademarks that are likely to disparage people, institutions, or beliefs. All eight participating justices agreed that

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