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Intellectual Property & Data Privacy Law
Specializing in all areas of intellectual property & data privacy law
Seaton Law Group has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property and data privacy law. We counsel on, register, and protect your trademarks, brands, and copyrights. And we work to ensure you are compliant with applicable data privacy laws. Our diverse experience includes clientele in the media, video game, publishing, sports, software, and merchandising industries.
Seaton Law Group has extensive experience in:
We are recognized leaders in the field of trademark law, providing unmatched guidance to both start-ups and Fortune 100 firms. We help you establish and protect your vital brand and trademark assets. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all facets of the law, routinely providing strategic trademark, branding, and protection counseling for major brands across numerous industries—both domestically and in more than 100 jurisdictions worldwide.
Protecting and enforcing copyrights is a cornerstone of our Intellectual Property services. We have vast experience in this field, regularly assisting clients in securing global copyright privileges and ownership of copyright assets. This includes assignments from third parties and independent contractors, dealing with employee issues, authorship and joint authorship matters, idea submission and work-for-hire issues. Seaton Law Group provides strategic advice regarding licensing copyrighted works, entertainment properties, and software—including open source issues. We also counsel on enforcing copyrights and defending copyright claims in federal court litigation and appeals throughout the country, and coordinate with foreign attorneys to enforce rights and defend claims internationally.
We are recognized leaders in the rapidly evolving fields of online copyrights and social networking, counseling on copyright enforcement, piracy issues, and social media issues. This includes matters that fall under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), including filing and responding to take-down notices, establishing online enforcement strategies and policies, and compliance with the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions.
IP Transactions & Agreements
With extensive experience licensing cutting-edge technology, Seaton Law Group will assist you with a wide variety of IP transactions. We counsel on trademark licensing, and strategically work with you to protect your rights, negotiate agreements, and ensure compliance with quality control provisions. We have a wealth of experience with due diligence and clearance issues for licensed properties and brand and product line extensions.
- Patent, copyright, and trademark license agreements
- Technology acquisition & sale agreements
- Reseller & OEM agreements
- Distribution, supply & manufacturing agreements
- Joint development agreements
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Professional service & consulting agreements
- Joint venture agreements
- Development of strategic licensing programs
- End User License Agreements (EULA)
- Copyright releases
Tech, Software, Apps & Websites/Data Privacy
We handle software and hardware licensing and sale deals, MSAs and work orders, vendor and customer agreements, SaaS agreements, and also protect related intellectual property rights. We also ensure that your business is compliant with applicable data privacy law including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and European GDPR. And, we prepare Terms & Conditions, EULAs, and Privacy Policies for websites, software and apps.
Seaton Law Group will help you achieve and maintain compliance with federal, state, and international data protection and security laws, including:
- California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
- General Data Protection Regulation of Europe (GDPR)
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act
- Telecommunications Act & CAN-SPAM – Telecommunications and Marketing
- Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) & Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) – Financial Privacy)
- HIPAA & HITECH – Medical Privacy
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) – Children’s Privacy
- Family Education Rights and Privacy Act – Educational Privacy
- European Union Privacy Directives – Protection of Personal Data
We draft Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies that are legally compliant for websites, online goods and service providers, online and downloadable software apps, and digital and social media sites. We provide Data Privacy and Security legal services in the following industries:
- Software, Mobile Apps & Information Technology
- Healthcare Information Technology
- Insurance & Financial Services
- Media & Entertainment
- Communications Technology
Domain Name & Website Content Disputes
We are a leader in the area of domain name disputes and protection and enforcement of IP rights in website content. Our experience encompasses audits, procurement and policy development, policing, investigation and effecting takedowns of protected subject matter from Twitter, Facebook, Google and other social media platforms. We help our clients develop, purchase, maintain and manage their domain names. We enforce and defend claims under the Anti-Cybersquatting Prevention Act, Trademark Act, Copyright Act and related statutes pertaining to domain names and website content issues.
We have extensive international trademark filing experience and are familiar with the distinct legal, language, and cultural factors that affect the filing process in such places as China, Japan, India, Mexico, and South Korea. Seaton Law Group also boasts a network of more than 300 trusted foreign attorneys and trademark agents selected for their deep understanding of local jurisdictions and exceptional service. Working with our foreign counsel—or existing client counsel—we craft a customized strategy that meets your business and budgetary needs.
Pirated Website Shut Down in Only 48 Hours
Our software company client called me, distraught and angry. He had just learned that his company’s entire website had been pirated by a competitor based overseas. We informed him of his legal options to shut down the infringer, including some inexpensive ones that might resolve the problem quickly.
He was doubtful about the “quick and inexpensive” part, or even that we could accomplish it at all. The pirate was overseas, aggressive and brazen, not easily reachable, and almost impossible to make subject to the US laws and courts. But through our quick research, sending cease and desist letters, and a Take Down Notice under the US Copyright Act to the appropriate parties, we were nonetheless able to get the offending website permanently shut down and offline within 48 hours.
“Barry Seaton has been Legacy’s lawyer for more than 16 years. During that time, he has assisted us in drafting numerous contracts and negotiating terms as well as assorted IP matters and corporate governance. Barry is timely and diligent about finding solutions. I wholeheartedly recommend him.”
President of Legacy Interactive, Inc.