On November 5, 2019, Fredrikson & Byron is hosting MIMA’s workshop on the business and legal need for creating accessible websites, apps and other digital tech.
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We serve businesses ranging from Internet start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, and from ISPs to ASPs. Our Group members practice in intellectual property, commercial law, tax, securities and finance, litigation, advertising, employment and international law.
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What We Do
At Fredrikson & Byron, we pride ourselves on being the place where law and business meet. Our goal is to serve our existing clients with foresight and ingenuity. We enjoy doing innovative work with innovative clients.
We are experienced with new media, fluent in the technical vocabularies of the digital environment. We monitor the rapidly changing international, national, and local laws and regulations affecting the on-line world. We use our knowledge and resources to guide both new and established businesses through a myriad of e-commerce issues, from protecting their intellectual property from on-line dilution and cybersquatters to establishing Web-based business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications.
The Internet, Technology & E-Commerce Group offers a full range of services, including work in the following areas:
- Public and private financing
- Seed and venture capital financing
- Initial public offerings
Intellectual Property Protection
- Domain name choice and protection
- Advertising issues
- Software patenting
- Software licensing
- Trademark protection
- On-line agreement
- User rules and regulations
- International intellectual property protection
Web Site Agreements
- Web site development and design contracts
- Hosting and co-location contracts
- Content licensing
- Linking and portal agreements
- Sponsorship agreements
- Co-branding agreements
- Application service provider agreements
- User terms and condition of use and sale
- Data exchange agreements
- On-line agreements
Email and Internet Use Policies
- Security issues
- Privacy issues
- Employment matters
- Immigration/export issues
- Tax matters
- Risk management
- Distribution and fulfillment issues
- Outsourcing agreements
- Choice of entity issues
- International corporate issues
- General corporate governance
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Internet chat room defamation
- Patent infringement
- Copyright infringement
- Trademark infringement
- Deceptive advertising & trademark dilution
- Unfair competition
- Trade secret and confidentiality
- Domain name disputes
- Trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings
- Contract & warranty
- Tax disputes
News & Articles
September 24, 2019
Government contractors, are the websites and deliverables you provide to government clients accessible?
Trending Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation Issues for Businesses Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
March 14, 2019
On April 18, 2019, Fredrikson employment and technology lawyers and the co-founders of Accessible360 discussed accessibility and reasonable accommodation issues for businesses under the federal ADA and state law and practical strategies to prepare for such advances and trends.
National Federation of the Blind Sues Epic Systems: New Chapter in Accessibility Litigation for Employers and Technology Vendors
January 9, 2019
In December 2018, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) sued Epic Systems, a provider of one of the most widely-used electronic medical record systems in the country.
October 12, 2018
The first known website accessibility ADA case has been filed by a Minnesota plaintiff in a Minnesota court. What steps can you take to reduce your risk of getting sued?
August 22, 2018
Get hands on experience with accessible technology tools and learn practical tips and best practices for improving the accessibility of your website or app.
July 3, 2018
On June 28, California enacted a sweeping new privacy law that will have significant implications for companies across the country.
June 22, 2018
A merchant of goods and services that makes sales in multiple states is no longer required to have physical presence in a state in order to be subject to sales and use tax in that state.
May 1, 2018
No matter how much IP experience a person has, it can be valuable to have short, easy-to-consume reminders of the basic things a company should consider.
April 25, 2018
Federal Judge James P. Jones handed website owners, operators and developers a major win in April 2018 in dismissing the website accessibility/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case brought by blind plaintiff Keith Carroll.
March 23, 2018
Buying a non-accessible website may buy you a class action lawsuit.
March 8, 2018
Recently, industry professionals sat down together at Fredrikson & Byron to talk about social media influencers.
January 18, 2018
In a shift from previous tactics, blind plaintiff Juan Carlos Gil sued the underlying platform provider and website developer in his website accessibility/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit, in addition to the specific business promoted by a particular website.
Chicago Tribune Reports: McDonald’s, Kmart and Grubhub Settle Mobile App and Website Accessibility Discrimination Lawsuits
November 10, 2017
For companies that take substantial steps to improve accessibility the defense of “mootness” is having some success.
October 25, 2017
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), service providers can obtain safe harbor protection from copyright infringement liability by, among other things, designating an agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement with the U.S. Copyright Office.
June 19, 2017
Instagram will soon launch a new tool to help its internet celebrities, or “influencers,” disclose when they are being paid by sponsors.
May 9, 2017
By Ann M. Ladd
The Federal Trade Commission has created a new online resource designed to give small businesses practical guidance on avoiding cyber risks and online scams.
April 26, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently sent out over 90 letters to brands and influencers for failing to properly disclose a sponsored relationship, compensation or other benefit in relation to a social media endorsement.
March 27, 2017
On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands case. The dispute turned on the issue of whether the patterns of cheerleading uniforms, including chevrons and stripes, are protected under copyright law.
January 18, 2017
The sharp rise of website accessibility litigation and demands that impacted retail, fast-food, financial organizations, banks and education sectors in 2015 and 2016 has expanded to target the healthcare industry, including: hospitals, clinics, health insurance as well as related providers such as drug stores and optical stores.
Renew Your Designated Agent Registration or Lose Your Safe Harbor Protection Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
December 20, 2016
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), online service providers can avail themselves of a safe harbor from liability for copyright infringement by registering contact information for a designated agent with the Copyright Office. Designated agents act as a point person for copyright holders who identify online copyright infringement and want to serve a takedown notice to get the infringing content removed from the site.
September 1, 2016
By Steven E. Helland & Karla L. Reyerson
Is your bank’s website accessible to the visually impaired? If it is not – or if you are not sure – now is the time to address this issue as businesses across the country are receiving demand letters and being made parties to legal claims for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
August 31, 2016
On October 6, Fredrikson & Byron attorney Steven E. Helland and website accessibility auditors from Accessible360 presented details that clients need to understand on the issue of inaccessible websites and mobile apps.
What’s Behind E*TRADE Accessibility Initiative and Press Release? Disability Lawyers Target Financial Industry for ADA Claims
July 6, 2016
E*TRADE’s recent press release reads as though E*TRADE simply discovered its inner, more-inclusive, corporate self “E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC) today announced an initiative to enhance its website, mobile applications, and desktop trading and investing platforms to make them more accessible for customers with disabilities.“
April 27, 2016
Three blind law school graduates just filed a federal class action lawsuit in Texas, alleging that BarBri, Inc., the leading bar exam test prep company, violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by “maintaining barriers to the accessibility of its services for blind students who use talking screen reading software and failing to make reasonable accommodations or provide auxiliary aids or services.” See, Stanley V. BarBri, Inc.