First CCPA Fine heralds bad news for many websites

The first fine under the California Consumer Privacy Act was issued this week against Sephora U.S.A., Inc. The complaint alleged in part "The right to opt-out is the hallmark of the CCPA. This right requires that companies follow certain straightforward rules: if companies make consumer personal information available to third parties and receive a benefit from the arrangement—such as in the form...

Oliver & Grimsley, and Mike and Kim, named Best Lawyers in America for 2023

We are extremely excited and honored to announce that Mike Oliver and Kim Grimsley have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2023. Best Lawyers is an international lawyer ranking and referring source that is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, and today it has announced its 29th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2023, which will include Mike Oliver and Kim...

Copyright Infringement Small Claims Court Services

The Copyright Small Claims Court will be commencing operations in a few weeks (late June, 2022), and Oliver & Grimsley is pleased to announce that we will be providing both plaintiff and defense services for copyright small claims actions. Copyright small claims actions should be a cost effective way of enforcing copyrights in the United States, if the copyright holder is primarily seeking a...

Please stop – putting cookie pop-ups on your website

Almost every major website you visit today pops up a banner to warn you that it uses "cookies." This is not legally required in the U.S. or in most places, and where it is, the vast majority of sites do not comply with legal requirements. From a policy perspective: cookie pops are just dumb - (virtually) no one reads them. There are vastly better ways to deal with the issue they present -...

Intellectual Property issues in NFT (non-fungible tokens) sell side transactions

NFTs are unique, effectively non-destructible tokens stored in the blockchain - a decentralized ledger system that uses computing resources to validate the holder of cryptographically unique data without reliance on a single source of truth such as a bank or government [further reading].  The NFT references a link to a resource - typically on the internet or in a game - where some content...

Bridge the GapSci® is Building Bridges Toward a Better Future

Bridge the GapSci, LLC is a nonprofit organization that came to fruition in 2015 when five Ph.D. students at Penn State had a vision of helping younger generations in West Africa to learn about science by delivering research supplies to schools.  In fact, they pitched this idea at Pennsylvania State University’s Ag Springboard competition and won the first place prize of $7,500 to...

Be on the Look Out for these Trademark Scams

Oftentimes, Oliver & Grimsley will hear from our trademark clients about letters they received regarding their marks coming from what appear to be official sources.  These letters will ask that clients make a payment, upwards of hundreds of dollars or more, and indicating their marks are about to expire, or offering to provide some other service such as adding the mark to a directory. These...

Mike Oliver and Kim Grimsley Recognized Again in the 28th Edition of the Best Lawyers®️ in America

Best Lawyers, an international lawyer ranking and referring source that is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, has announced its 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2022, which will include Mike Oliver and Kim Grimsley.  In order to be featured, lawyers are nominated, critiqued by currently recognized lawyers on the caliber of their work, and analyzed accordingly. Mike...

Kudos to Our Client Hunt A Killer, a Creative and Explosive Maryland-based Company with Exciting Adventures Coming Your Way!

Hunt A Killer started in 2016 with a plan to immerse its audience in the world of crime solving. Mixing the cultural fascination of true crime with the game play strategy of a roleplay tabletop game, their monthly subscription box quickly took off with consumers, and the company has grown with more than 3 million game boxes shipped. Now, the Maryland-based company that started with a pair of...

75 Years of the Lanham Act

Earlier this month, the Lanham Act saw its 75th Anniversary.  On July 5th, 1947, the Lanham Act, also known as the Trademark Act, went into effect after being signed by President Harry S. Truman the year prior.   The Lanham Act created the modern day national trademark registration system and enforced federal protections for trademark holders.  Expanded upon throughout the...

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