Experienced Ecommerce Attorney Columbus, Ohio

From initial entity selection and company formation to the legal and business issues associated with scaling up, our firm’s Columbus eCommerce attorneys have extensive experience working with e-Commerce companies.

An ever evolving area of law and business, e-Commerce presents a number issues associated with intellectual property protection and enforcement, data security and privacy regulations, advertising and taxation concerns, arbitrage, subcontractors, software development, distribution and fulfillment, and employee classification.

Purchase and Sale of eCommerce Business and Domain Names

Our Columbus eCommerce lawyer has extensive experience representing both buyer and sellers in the purchase and sale of eCommerce companies. We help design asset purchase agreements and stock sale agreements to address purchase price structure and hold backs, tax savings, limitations of liability, and the sale of assets. Additionally, we negotiate domain name purchase agreements, assisting with the transfer of domain portfolios and purchase price escrow.

eCommerce and Intellectual Property Protection

A core part of eCommerce businesses, intellectual property protection can greatly aid in the development of a brand and company. We assist with all types of eCommerce trademarks, including strategic 1(a) and 1(b) trademark applications for brands, logos, and slogans. We often help eCommerce business with their trademark strategy in relation to large platform branding requirements, including Amazon brand registry.

Beyond trademarks, our Columbus, Ohio eCommerce lawyer help to develop comprehensive plans for protecting eCommerce intellectual property. This includes confidentiality protections for developers that work on your site and platform and creating protective but reasonable contracts for employees and contractors.

Customer-Facing Contracts for eCommerce

Whether you need basic terms and conditions and privacy policies or more sophisticated end user license agreements, we tailor your customer-facing agreements to your particular business model and how you interact with your customers. We help eCommerce companies address issues related to user content, return and refund policies, intellectual property protection of website content, design, and “look and feel,” trial version, user accounts and interface, data scraping and site interference, and warranty disclaimers.

Federal Trade Commission Compliance

The eCommerce regulatory framework can be nothing short of confusing and complex. One of the bigger components of eCommerce law can be FTC compliance. We assist eCommerce businesses with FTC and competitor issues related to false or misleading description of fact, false or misleading representations of fact, product misrepresentation, and false and deceptive advertising and marketing.

Social Media Influencer Contract

We also advise clients on social media influencer contracts. We help structure influencer content licenses, licensing of the eCommerce company brand, approval procedures for proposed content, branding guidelines, ownership of published content, payment structure, publicity rights, and confidentiality.

Our e-Commerce attorneys offer assistance with multiple facets of eCommerce including:

  • Amazon, brand registry, trademarks, and infringement actions
  • Software and web page development agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements, subcontractor agreements, and independent contractor agreements
  • Content provider agreements and social media influencer agreements
  • Trademark registration, enforcement, and infringement
  • Online to offline commerce (O2O)
  • Direct to consumer (DTC)
  • e-Commerce agreements
  • Terms and conditions and end user license agreements (EULAs)
  • Clickwrap and browse-wrap agreements
  • Licensing and user generated content
  • Guidance on entity selection, including Ohio LLCs, Delaware LLCs, and Delaware C corporations
  • Big data and analytics
  • Magento platform development
  • TaxJar and sales tax collection
  • Arbitration
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), top level domains (TLDs), generic top level domains (gTLDs), and domain name registration and disputes
  • Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA)
  • Privacy policies and data and security issues
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Web hosting agreements
  • Domain name purchase agreements
  • Source code and technology escrow
  • Opt-in and opt-out requirements
  • Software as a Services (SaaS) contracts

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