Cybersecurity

The Law Office of Dondi West is based in Maryland, the epicenter of our nation’s cybersecurity efforts. OurTechnology and Internet Lawyers have a deep technical background and are nationally recognized subject matter experts in Cybersecurity, Internet Law, and Systems and Software Engineering.  Our technology lawyers can assist you with:

Technology Company Start-up and Early-stage Support
If you plan to be a venture or angel backed technology company, the best time to start meeting and getting to associate with a technology lawyer is long before you ever start your company. Prior to taking careers in law, our lawyers served as technology consultants and trusted advisors, and still have a love and passion for cutting-edge technologies. To that end, we offer free consultations to all of our potential early-stage clients, and to go a step further, we ask that you be prepared to provide us with an in-depth overview of your innovative product and idea. Before moving forward with the representation, we prefer to learn about your technology in order to provide legal services that are unique to your business goals and objectives.

Data Security Breach Notification and Response
Our cyber lawyers provide comprehensive, forensic investigation assistance in the event of unauthorized access to information or an information security breach. We counsel clients on potential liabilities stemming from the breach itself, as well as on the potential disclosure of sensitive information. We perform forensic analysis of the breach both to prosecute responsible individuals and implement solutions to prevent future attacks. Moreover, our attorneys are ready to represent clients in any subsequent litigation that arises as a consequence of that breach.

Patent, Copyright and Trademark Infringement and Intellectual Property Litigation 
The internet has made it easier for offenders to infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others. Our Copyright and Trademark Infringement Lawyers can help you protect your intellectual property rights in cyberspace.

E-Commerce and Online Advertising
Internet website agreements, consumer privacy and data security, and Internet marketing are all issues that warrant detailed consideration and should be discussed with an experienced eCommerce lawyer. Whether you are a consumer or a business-to-business resource, some of the most efficient marketing and selling tools are available via the Internet, and the potential of reaching a vast audience is open to you through the World Wide Web. Consider these facts: Forrester Research, Inc. estimates that 47.3 million North American households have online access and 43.9 percent have browsed online. Of the 43.9 percent, 65 percent have made purchases. By 2014, the research firm estimates that U.S. online retail sales will grow to $250 billion, up from $155

Cloud Computing Services and Storage
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines Cloud Computing as: “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” Three common service models include Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Since Cloud Computing can offer benefits in the cost, performance, and delivery of IT services, it is anticipated that the use of Cloud Computing services will grow significantly over the next several years. If your business is considering moving to a cloud platform, our technology lawyers can provide you on the business risks involved and the issues that must be addressed in a cloud-based service or storage agreement.

Domain Name Disputes
Domain name issues arise when someone is using your trademark in their website’s domain address. Most of the time, that someone is a “Cybersquatter”– That is, a person or entity who registers domain names, especially those connected with celebrities or recognizable trademarks, with the intention of reselling them at an inflated price. Oftentimes, the squatter will earn substantial revenue as a result of traffic going to the squatted site, due to the fact that many legitimate users are trying to visit the victim’s real site. Our technology attorneys can help you reclaim your trademark, as they are skilled in handling all types of domain name disputes, including WIPO/NAF arbitration, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Policy (UDRP), and Anti-Cybersquatting Act Litigation.

Employee Email and Internet Use Policy
Analysts estimate that billions of dollars are lost per year as a result of employees misusing technology resources. Money is lost as a result of reductions in manpower, cost of technology, and the resulting decrease in work product output. For example, Facebook and similar social networking sites is one of America’s fastest growing addictions. Imagine if several of your employees are wasting hours per day on a social networking site. To prevent these type of issues and the resulting loss, every business needs to have a sound Internet Use Policy in place, that is clearly communicated to each employee during the on-boarding process. Our internet lawyers can write an Employee Internet Use Policy that is uniquely tailored to your business organization.

Software and Technology License Agreements
If you are purchasing software for your business, you need to ensure that the software license agreement is aligned with your business goals and objectives. For example, will your employees need extensive training on the software; what happens if the software does not work as planned; what happens if a vulnerability in the software is discovered causing your customers’ private data to be exposed. These issues and many others usually must be outlined in a sound software license agreement. If you are purchasing or selling software, Dondi would be happy to serve as your advocate.

Other Cyber and Internet Issues that our Internet Lawyers can assist you with include:
Domain Name Purchase and Assignment
Social Media Policies and Issues
Web Advertising Agreements
Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud Computing Arrangements

When hiring our Cyber and Internet Law Attorneys, you will be putting your issues in the hands technology lawyers with advanced and highly technical backgrounds, who know the internet and the legal environment it resides in.