Intellectual Property & Technology

Telecommunications, Technology & Internet Law

Attorneys of Stites & Harbison's Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) Service Group have substantial experience with the ever-changing legal and business issues associated with the commercial use of the Internet, private networks, and related telecommunications technology. Our attorneys have counseled high-tech and low-tech companies, along with start-ups and mature companies, in a broad range of industries ranging from banking and health care to biotech and manufacturing.

Our IPT Group has substantial experience in e-commerce and Internet matters involving software development, licensing and distribution, and technology transfers. Our attorneys also regularly counsel clients about consumer and commercial Internet advertising, privacy laws, compliance with the Federal Trade Commission Act and conducting online sweepstakes, plus other electronic marketing techniques. Our attorneys also have broad experience in both information technology and business process outsourcing (BPO), including competitive procurements and sole source procurements.

The IPT Group negotiates and drafts many different kinds of technology-related agreements, including:

  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) agreements
  • Domain name assignment and sale agreements
  • Internet linking agreements
  • Web site terms of use and privacy policies
  • Click-wrap and shrink-wrap agreements
  • Software and end user license agreements
  • Software escrow agreements
  • Online contests and sweepstakes agreements
  • Co-branding and Internet marketing agreements
  • Web site hosting agreements
  • Web site development agreements
  • Application Service Provider Agreements
  • Software-As-A-Service agreements
  • Software and technology distribution and reseller agreements
  • Strategic alliance and joint development agreements

Our attorneys have also helped a broad range of clients take advantage of the laws regarding electronic contracting and record retention. Examples include the federal electronic signature law, E-Sign, and the uniform state laws regarding electronic commerce.

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Press Releases

Scot Duvall Joins Stites & Harbison’s Louisville Office

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Scot A. Duvall to the firm’s Louisville, Ky., office. He joins the firm as a Member (Partner) in the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 17, 2023
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Mari-Elise Paul Named a 2022 Go To Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Virginia Lawyers Weekly recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mari-Elise Paul to the 2022 list of Virginia’s Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law. She is one of 19 attorneys honored.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 28, 2022
Events

Dragon Con

Date: 9/1/22 - 9/5/22

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta office attorney TJ Mihill will be a speaker at this year's Dragon Con being held September 1-5 in Atlanta.

Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) August 22, 2022
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Virginia Super Lawyers 2022 Honors John Teresinski

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The 2022 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers recently honored Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney John Teresinski. He was named to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 03, 2022
Client Alerts

Wait . . . What About Trade Secrets?

When one seeks to protect one’s intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyrights immediately come to mind. Often given short shrift is the "forgotten stepchild" —trade secrets. Trade secrets may encompass a wide range of business information that (a) has value because it is not generally known in the trade and (b) is subject to reasonable efforts to preserve its confidentiality. When considering trade secrets, “business information” should be given a very broad definition and may include, but is not necessarily limited to, processes, procedures, research projects, nonpublic company documents (relating to, for example, recruiting, accounting, financial information and legal information), drawings, blueprints, laboratory notebooks, test data, training manuals, customer information and supplier information.

by Warren D. Schickli May 02, 2022
Events

2022 Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference

Date: 3/21/22 - 3/23/22

Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002

Atlanta office attorney T.J. Mihill will be a speaker at this conference being held in Houston, Texas, March 21-23, 2022.

Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) March 15, 2022
Client Alerts

Decoding the Crypto Brand Super Bowl Commercials

Based on commercials that aired during Super Bowl LVI, crypto brands have officially moved from the fringes to the mainstream. But the crypto ads in this prime time space didn’t do much to explain the underlying products and services, especially if the viewers were not already immersed in Web3.

by Mandy Wilson Decker February 18, 2022