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Protection of intellectual property (IP) assets is integral to an Internet company's success. Morgan Lewis advises clients on all aspects of IP law. The firm’s more than 190 IP lawyers and technical specialists help clients protect their copyrights and trademarks, handle domain name disputes, and prosecute patents that relate to technical and business processes, software, and hardware. We provide strategic IP advice and representation throughout the life cycle of a product or service, from research and development, marketing, and licensing to the enforcement of relevant rights.
The collection, use, and sharing of personally identifiable information, both online and offline, is a challenging and changing area of the law. Morgan Lewis advises clients on the requirements of privacy laws and regulations around the world, helps prepare and implement privacy policies, drafts agreements with business partners to ensure compliance, and assists in the implementation of these policies as issues arise.
Our lawyers have extensive experience negotiating licensing arrangements – frequently the most critical deals for e-commerce companies. Our clients benefit from extensive experience in IP and technology transactions, which we apply to meet the unique needs of Internet and other technology companies. Morgan Lewis attorneys negotiate transactions and prepare agreements that involve the development, licensing, manufacture, and distribution of technology and related products, and the provision of technology-based services.
The firm addresses the full panoply of legal issues associated with websites, from initial development to exciting re-launch, from content acquisition to linking and framing. Website operation is international publishing, which raises potential jurisdictional and substantive law issues from multiple jurisdictions. Through our international offices and relationships with firms around the world, Morgan Lewis provides relevant legal review as appropriate for client websites.
Morgan Lewis lawyers regularly draft and update online terms and conditions of use and privacy policies. If a site raises securities or banking issues, we work closely with attorneys from our SEC and Banking Groups. We advise clients on ways to minimize the risks of potential liability from infringing or defamatory materials that may appear on their sites. If our clients are victims of such problems on third-party sites, chatrooms, or message boards, we take appropriate court action or work with local law enforcement to remove such materials as soon as possible.