Technology Law

Technology based businesses must be especially concerned with intellectual property rights. 

Internet Issues
 
Computing technology and the Internet have expanded the possibilities of many businesses.  Your business can become available to the global economy simply by setting up a website.  Due to the international nature of the Internet, having professional legal information and counseling from Gehrke & Associates will help to avoid many costly conflicts.

Domain names
Choosing and obtaining an appropriate domain name is an important step in your business.  We will help with clearing domain names, not only with a domain name search, but also a trademark search to help avoid conflicts with other businesses down the road.

Use/Access Agreements
The information you provide via the Internet may expose you to liability if it is not clear what the purpose of your site is.  Having an appropriate use and access agreement or disclaimer on your site can help prevent problems.  Also, it is important to remind your users what intellectual property rights you have in the content of your site to prevent infringement or misappropriation.

Copyright concerns
The Internet has made copyright infringement very easy.  Electronic copying is fast and inexpensive.  Asserting your copyright on-line is important.  We will help you craft strategies to defend your rights.  We will also help you navigate the copyright law so that you do not find that you have innocently or inadvertently infringed someone else’s copyright. 

Trademark concerns
Conducting business on the Internet brings you into contact with the whole world.  Your trademark or domain name runs a greater risk of confusing the public and soliciting an infringement action.  Or you may discover that your trademark is being used by someone who does not have the legal authority to use it.  We will assist you in avoiding conflicts and asserting your rights against infringers.
 
 e-Commerce
 
Use/Access Agreements
The information you provide via the Internet may expose you to liability if it is not made clear what the purpose of your site is.  Having an appropriate use and access agreement or disclaimer on your site can help prevent problems.  Also, it is important to remind your users what intellectual property rights you have in the content of your site to prevent infringement or misappropriation.

Transactions
Legal compliance with state, federal, and international law for transactions over the Internet is complex. We will analyze your business and identify the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your customers.

Software Agreements
Gehrke & Associates provides knowledgeable drafting and reviewing of software agreements.  Proprietary software agreements and standardized end-user agreements are an important first line of defense in protecting your business and its software investment.

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