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Convergence & New Technology

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has the expertise and experience to serve the unique legal needs of business exploiting the power of the internet/new media and convergence technology. The digital revolution and an era of convergence technology have created exciting business opportunities for companies in the software, internet, entertainment, mass media, digital media, film, music, video, computer, wireless and telecommunications industries, as well as for consumer product and financial services companies.

Our clients are diverse and include software developers in the areas of health care, information security, financial services, entertainment and application services industries as well as hardware providers in the wireless and telecommunications area.

We are active members in the following organizations: Portland Angel Network, Advanced Television Enhancement Forum and New York New Media Association.

Our work on behalf of our clients includes:

• Business formation and organization;
• Financings, including angel financings, venture capital, private placements, mezzanine financings, other debt, convertible debt and equity securities offerings and conventional bank financings; in addition, we have drawn on our relationships to acquaint our clients with a variety of funding sources and individual investors.
• Intellectual property, patent, copyright, trademark, advertising, and related unfair trade and unfair competition;
• Website development, hosting, co-location and telecommunications contracting;
• Site affiliation and linkage contracting;
• On-line contracting, including issues surrounding authentication, signatures, record retention, and the multistate and multinational implications of electronic commerce;
• Hardware and software licensing and distribution agreements and outsourcing agreements, and technology transfer agreements;
• Taxation – both state, federal and international – of e-commerce transactions;
• Issues surrounding internet fraud, fraud prevention and detection;
• Employee contracts and noncompetition covenants and related issues;
• Data privacy, confidentiality and information rights;
• Jurisdictional issues involved in e-commerce transactions;
• Employee issues involving use and abuse of communication technologies;
• Export licensing and controls;
• Business defamation and free speech issues;
• Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of e-commerce businesses.



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