Internet and E-Commerce

McHale | Slavin's experience and knowledge has kept pace with the legal developments and economic opportunities of the information age. Our experience in intellectual property extends to the many unique and complex issues involving computer hardware and software, the Internet, E-commerce, and the protection of Internet based business methods. We provide a broad range of services including registration and protection of domain names and trademarks. We also provide counsel regarding the rights of Internet site usage and Internet related technologies, including trademarks, and domain names; copyright clearance and protection; unfair competition; and software and other IP asset licensing. We prepare and review software development, distribution and licensing agreements.

Members of the McHale | Slavin Internet and E-commerce group include attorneys, patent agents and technical specialists who draw upon their experience in the real world and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to advise clients in all areas of intellectual property law relating to the Internet and Electronic commerce. We work closely with our worldwide network of foreign affiliates as we appreciate that international protection is an important consideration for Internet-related intellectual property. Our areas of expertise include:


  • Use of Internet and other search engines for trademark clearance and investigation
  • Investigation of and prosecution the misuse of meta-tags, hidden text, false summaries and other devices which utilize our client's trademarks by third-party Web sites


  • Internet webpage content is largely protectable under U.S. and international copyright laws. Whether music, artwork, streaming video, or text arising from independent creation - or the selection, arrangement or coordination of those elements - all are protectable aspects of web-page presentation.

Domain Names

  • Clearance
  • Registration
  • Acquisition
  • Challenge of third-party use and registrations
  • Uniform dispute resolution challenges
  • Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and other unfair competition litigation

Our attorneys are experienced in providing counsel regarding all of these areas and in assuring that our clients' activities do not infringe on anyone else's rights. Contact us for additional information or to schedule a consultation.