As part of our internet law & eCommerce practice, we provide internet business & eCommerce services.

Internet Business & eCommerce

Many business owners don’t realize that selling goods or services through the Internet may qualify them as an Internet business. This is in contrast to merely maintaining some sort of web presence (e.g., having a Twitter® profile or Facebook® page for your business). Therefore, Internet business owners are often unaware their business activities may be subject to federal law. Online businesses are subject to advertising and intellectual property laws. Additionally, online use of third-party trademarks or customer testimonials on their website can create legal consequences. Since different jurisdictions have varied rules and regulations, online businesses overlook the legal ramifications of having an Internet store. Also, linking to third-party websites can further complicate legal issues related to business practices or terms of use policies.

eCommerce Compliance

One of the first steps to ensuring compliance is to conduct a website audit. We assist in analyzing current web presence and procedures in order to ensure ecommerce compliance with existing rules and regulations. We also counsel Internet business owners in cost-efficient strategies to help protect their brands while simultaneously growing their online presence.

Businesses should consider having basic protection of their trademarks, patents, and even the website itself. We generally advise clients on which intellectual property (IP) protection makes sense to pursue. We also advise on regulation compliance issues based on type of online business and ecommerce activities. Our attorneys stay informed of Internet rules and regulations that are constantly changing that affect ecommerce businesses. Additionally, we help ensure changes in website agreements are updated as needed compliance in your Internet business and ecommerce activities.

Internet Business Law

Most businesses maintain a web presence in some form or another. We work with clients to develop tailored website procedures and policies as well as best practices for online presence. Online businesses are subjected to a plethora of legal issues with ecommerce transactions. We draft website agreements to help address commercial transactions, payment/delivery terms, and warranties. We also offer various Internet business and ecommerce services, including for example:

  • Privacy Policies

  • Terms of Use

  • Legal Disclaimers

  • DMCA Agent Registration and Safe Harbor Guidance

  • Copyright Compliance Processes

  • Review and Draft Internet Agreements

eCommerce Disputes and Litigation

Read more about our litigation services at our intellectual property litigation overview page and our business litigation overview page, including Breach of Contract, UDRP Domain Name Proceedings, and Fraud Litigation.

Global eCommerce and International Business

Read our International Business overview page for information regarding International Licensing, International Technology Transactions, and Global eCommerce and other international business services.

Additional Insights Regarding Internet Business & eCommerce

For more information on internet business and e-commerce, see our Legal Insights and Industry Solutions pages.