Technology Advising

The Gray Plant Mooty Technology team advises a wide range of clients on developing, protecting, and commercializing their valuable technology and intellectual property. The team works hand-in-hand with attorneys in GPM’s Corporate & Business Practice Group who provide additional expertise in corporate technology matters. The team specializes in the areas of:

Internet & E-Commerce

The Gray Plant Mooty Internet and E-Commerce team assists clients with a wide range of internet and e-commerce matters, helping them address legal issues unique to the digital environment and enabling them to grow their business through their online presence. The team's experience includes:

  • Application service provider agreements
  • Business-to-consumer sites
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance
  • Click-wrap agreements
  • Co-branding arrangements
  • Consulting services agreements
  • Copyright notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Online sweepstakes, contests and promotions
  • Software escrow agreements
  • Website development and hosting agreements
  • Website terms of use and privacy policies
  • Policies regulating employees' use of the Internet
  • Data access agreements
  • Policies governing franchisee use of the Internet as an advertising or sales medium
  • Policies for franchisor-established intranets for franchisee communications

Social Media

Social media offers marketing and networking opportunities, but it also raises new legal and ethical challenges for businesses of all sizes. The Social Media team helps clients understand and protect against adverse legal implications of integrating social media into their business practices.

The team advises clients on matters including:

  • Online contests and promotions through social media platforms
  • FTC compliance regarding endorsements
  • Disclosure of confidential information
  • Unauthorized use of trademarks
  • Unauthorized use of copyright-protected works
  • Copyright notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Defamation issues
  • Privacy issues

Domain Names

Domain name acquisition can significantly impact a company’s website success in nearly every area, included search engine optimization and social media marketing. In connection with GPM’s trademark attorneys, the Domain Names team advises clients on domain name issues ranging from registration to domain name dispute arbitration. With the assistance of GPM technology attorneys, clients are better equipped to protect and strengthen their brand and effectively grow their online presence.

The team’s experience includes:

  • Advising clients regarding trademark infringement involving domain names
  • Developing  enforcement strategies regarding third party domain name registrations
  • Registering, acquiring and transferring domain names
  • Trademark Clearinghouse registration
  • Internet domain name disputes, including ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS)
  • Cybersquatting, reverse-cybersquatting, and typosquatting matters
  • Anti-Cybersquatting Act (ACPA) litigation

Software & Technology Licensing & Commercialization

Whether a company develops technology or depends on effective use of technology, the Software & Technology Licensing & Commercialization team has experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating software and technology licensing agreements for clients operating across a wide array of industries.

The team’s experience includes:

  • Master software development and licensing agreements
  • Application service provider agreements
  • Software as a service agreements
  • Hosted software agreements 
  • Data sharing agreements
  • Mobile applications development agreements and licenses
  • Software and technology licenses
  • Software development agreements
  • Software escrow agreements
  • Software reseller agreements
  • Acquisitions, IP due diligence and technology transfers
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