Germany’s DeNIC offers (a bit) more privacy for some registrants

With the increasing focus on privacy in Europe, and ongoing challenges to the US-European “Privacy Shield” agreement, domain name registrants from Europe see domain names as (yet another) weak link in privacy rights. They wouldn’t be wrong in that – in order to protect domain name registrants in the case of the failure of aContinue reading “Germany’s DeNIC offers (a bit) more privacy for some registrants”

So long e-signatures, it was nice to know you.

We recently bought a house or, more accurately, a bank bought a house which we own a teeny-tiny part of. That, of course, resulted in an unending series of requests by mortgage companies, banks, title companies, realtors, sellers, etc. for signatures on long and seemingly duplicative documents. In most of those cases, our signatures wereContinue reading “So long e-signatures, it was nice to know you.”

How about Estonian law with your morning cuppa’

This is, in fact, the Supreme Court of Estonia. Who knew? It’s not often you start the morning with an international legal dispute, and that before one’s morning coffee. This morning, from the kitchen, I was treated with the dulcet tones of my wife arguing with the London Times about cancellation of her online subscription.Continue reading “How about Estonian law with your morning cuppa’”

A cold wind on privacy

Whaddaya mean you’re calling the game? Standing outside in the chill of what passes for “spring” these days, with a cold breeze numbing the end of my uncovered ears (it’s SPRING for God’s sake), I listened to my fellow soccer parents discussing the merits of the Senate’s recent vote to rescind the FCC’s as-yet unimplementedContinue reading “A cold wind on privacy”

Which symbol do I use for my trademark?

™? ®? ℠? ©? Ever wonder what all those brand name symbols mean? Here is the simple lowdown. The ® indicates that a trademark is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It should only be used after you have received confirmation from the USPTO that your mark has been registered. TheContinue reading “Which symbol do I use for my trademark?”

Think your DMCA designated agent is set? Think again.

Many businesses strive for an interactive website, but interactivity brings with it the risk that someone else’s posting will create legal risk. Fortunately, a number of laws help shield the website operator from risk, most important among them the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) The DMCA, or more specifically the DMCA “notice and takedown” procedure,Continue reading “Think your DMCA designated agent is set? Think again.”

Protecting and Maintaining Your Trademark Registration

The battle to protect your trademark does not end with federal trademark registration. Once registered, you have to be vigilant about protecting the trademark from misuse, or risk losing the trademark’s protected status. The better the brand name, the easier it will be to protect it from improper use by others. Protection begins with yourContinue reading “Protecting and Maintaining Your Trademark Registration”