blogging beyond

We have a lot of opinions and ideas—and we are not shy about sharing them. Here, you will find fresh content from the Sequel team and guest bloggers about the latest legal, Internet, technology and market developments and trends. Have an idea for a future topic to be addressed and discussed in our blog? Please contact us at with your idea.

Posted by Sequel on September 19, 2013
Topic: Patents
Tags: eCommerce, Newegg, Soverain

Federal Circuit Slams Final Door on Patent Troll’s eCommerce Claim

Online ecommerce businesses can breathe a lot easier today. The Federal Circuit slammed the final door shut last week on a patent troll whose claims of ownership of the core ideas behind online shopping carts had threatened to bring ecommerce to it knees. In a final ruling on a rehearing of Soverain Software LLC v. […]

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Posted by Sequel on February 14, 2013
Topic: Finance, Internet, Social Media
Tags: crowdfunding, SEC

Crowdfunding: A Hot Potato on Which the SEC Must Make Decisions Soon

At Sequel Technology IP Law, we are calling for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to

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Posted by Sequel on February 14, 2013
Topic: blogs, Internet, Privacy, Social Media
Tags: COPPA, Fines, FTC, privacy program

FTC Fines $800,000 for Harvesting Addresses from Customer Phones Costs

Operator of the Path social networking application agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived users by collecting personal information from their mobile device address books without their knowledge and consent.  Path agreed to establish a comprehensive privacy program to obtain an independent privacy assessment every other year for the next 20 years […]

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Posted by Sequel on February 14, 2013
Topic: blogs, Digital Media, Internet, Social Media
Tags: COPPA, Personal Information

The Children’s Online Protection Act Evolves

Even if website owners don’t think they need to be concerned about the amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), the new regulations may prove otherwise.  As indicated by the FTC, the final amendments are as follows: • modify the list of “personal information”  that cannot be collected without parental notice and consent, […]

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Posted by Sequel on January 5, 2013
Topic: ICANN, Internet

New gTLD Developments

Prioritization Draw Because of the huge number of applications submitted for the first round of new gTLDs and internationalized domain names (“IDNs”), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) held a “Prioritization Draw” on December 17 to randomly choose the order for the release of initial evaluation results of new applications. IDN applications […]

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