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E-commerce and Information Technology

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Emerging technologies have changed the way companies do business.

To remain competitive, businesses must embrace and understand such changes. Godfrey & Kahn stays abreast of e-commerce and information technology trends to provide counsel to clients requiring access to emerging technologies. Our attorneys help clients take advantage of e-commerce opportunities and emerging information technology systems that propel clients' business objectives forward.


Godfrey & Kahn's e-commerce team provides business counsel to companies that encounter challenges when conducting business electronically. We've provided legal counsel in the following areas:

Intellectual Property

  • Securing trademark registration for domain names
  • Arbitrating or negotiating domain name disputes
  • Obtaining Internet-related business method patents
  • Negotiating copyright licenses and publishing rights for website content
  • Litigating online copyright infringements
  • Securing electronic re-publication rights
  • Preparing website development and hosting agreements

Marketing and Selling

  • Advising on online contests
  • Preparing business-to-business and business-to-consumer online sales terms and conditions and disclaimers
  • Drafting consumer privacy policies
  • Advising on compliance with Childrens' Online Privacy Protection Act
  • Counseling on third-party linking, meta-tagging, framing and e-mail spamming
  • Structuring joint marketing and co-branding agreements

Industry-Specific Regulations, including tracking and advising on Internet-specific regulations for:

  • Financial institutions/electronic banking services
  • Insurance companies
  • Health care institutions
  • Investment management firms

Godfrey & Kahn is an active member of the University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium, an association comprised of a number of Fortune 250 and midsize companies that are implementing cutting-edge e-business strategies aimed at increasing sales and productivity.

Information Technology

Our firm represents many information technology companies, including software companies, application service providers, internet service providers, hardware manufacturers and database service providers. In addition, we negotiate contracts for hardware, software and telecommunications systems on behalf of many of our corporate clients, including large financial and health care institutions and insurance companies.

Examples of Godfrey & Kahn legal experience in the area of information technology include:

  • Preparing software and hardware patent applications
  • Seeking copyright protection for software
  • Drafting software licenses and software and hardware distribution agreements
  • Negotiating joint marketing agreements between software and hardware vendors
  • Drafting software development outsourcing agreements
  • Counseling on legal issues surrounding offshore software development and support contracting
Shane Delsman

Delsman, Shane

Brian Gilpin

Gilpin, Brian G.

Jennifer Gregor

Gregor, Jennifer L.

James Joyce

Joyce, James A.

Special Counsel
Nicholas Kees

Kees, Nicholas A.

Alexander Lemke

Lemke, Alexander C.

Richard Marcus

Marcus, Richard S.


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