E-Commerce, and Intellectual Property Rights (I.P.R.)

Social Media, unbridled human ingenuity, and the Internet, in general, have blurred and forever changed:

  • What is a work location, or a business premises, or the scene of an e-crime (online gaming, cloudsourcing, and virtual worlds);
  • How people organize themselves and their relationships (twitter feeds, flash mobs, mass texts and spam, and personal sites or “web-estate”);
  • Lines that formerly and clearly defined the employment relationship and workplace security (telecommuting; outsourcing; passwords, keys, and logs; and cybersecurity);
  • What does and does not constitute permissible work conduct while at work (web-surfing, pod-casting, texting, accessing restricted websites, and downloading streaming content); and
  • How people conduct e-commerce (tweets, blogs, group coupons, e-books, music downloads, streaming video, product placement, viral videos, social media and networking sites, “friend” requests and “like” posts, and search engine optimization).

Wholesale piracy of protected intellectual property rights, cybercrime, and identity theft are real dangers in this brave new (always online and at full speed) world; a confluence of potential disasters and opportunities on which Mr. George has blogged in depth (http://www.ogalaws.wordpress.com), and in which only those with a plan, firm legal grounds, and proper paperwork, will lawfully, confidently, and consistently thrive.

In his representation of E-commerce and other entities, Mr. George has formed corporations; made LLC and Trademark filings; drafted Bylaws for a 12,000-member association; and drafted company partnership agreements, mission statements, governance documents, website disclaimers, and end-user software license agreements.

Mr. George has a keen and current grasp of the issues, is business savvy, and has deep basis in related areas and law; including intellectual property rights and relationships with other specialized counsel in the field. He was also one of the founding members of the ADR Taskforce of the Cyberspace Law Committee, within the Section of Business of the American Bar Association (ABA). That Taskforce performed in-depth studies of general E-commerce and online transactions, and made recommendations to the ABA on suggested best practices and procedures for preventing, managing, and settling disputes that might arise.