Maryland recently adopted a new privacy act, however privacy laws won’t really work until …

TL;DR; - they prevent companies from denying services to people that use technology to block tracking and ads.  Maryland recently adopted the Maryland Online Data Privacy Act of 2024, available here: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2024RS/bills/sb/sb0541e.pdf It goes into effect in October of 2025. Does it increase Maryland consumer privacy rights? - yes (sort of). But it follows many other laws...

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...

Happy World IP Day

Happy World IP Day! April 26th marks the celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, a significant event since its inception in 2000. This observance serves to shed light on the profound impact of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and designs on our daily lives while honoring the ingenuity and contributions of creators and innovators worldwide. Each year the World Intellectual...

Now is the winter of our discontent – so begins the first Act of the Chronicles of the Corporate Transparency Act

The Corporate Transparency Act went into full effect on January 1, 2024. For all existing "reporting companies" on 12/31/2023 - they must complete the filing by January 1, 2025.  New reporting companies formed in the US on and after 1/1/2024 must file within 90 days of formation. The filing is done at https://boiefiling.fincen.gov/fileboir - either by downloading a fillable PDF, or by completing...

Mike Oliver & Kim Grimsley recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2024.

Oliver & Grimsley, LLC is proud and honored to announce that Mike Oliver and Kim Grimsley have been recognized in the 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2024. Best Lawyers is an international lawyer ranking and referring source. To be featured, lawyers are nominated, critiqued by currently recognized lawyers on the caliber of their work, and analyzed accordingly. Mike Oliver...

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

Ten years ago today Kim and I arrived at our new temporary offices to start the firm. On our first anniversary I did a short retrospective of that 1st year. I do not recall having any thoughts of how long or even if we would be around in 5 or 10 years - it was more just surviving day to day back then. A lot has happened over the years but we have been blessed that our core team has remained in...

It’s time to celebrate World IP Day!

It’s 2023’s World IP Day! World IP Day is celebrated on the 26th of April each year.  This day was established 23 years ago today by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to bring awareness of what IP (Intellectual Property) is, to recognize how IP impacts our lives, to celebrate innovators, creators and entrepreneurs globally, and to encourage activities that promote innovations...

Brigance Brigade Foundation is Celebrating 15 years and Kicking Off ALS Awareness Month with its Annual Race for ALS

Oliver & Grimsley, LLC is very honored to sponsor the Brigance Brigade Foundation’s upcoming Race For ALS, which kicks off ALS Awareness Month.  This is the 11th annual 5.7k Championship Race and 1.57 Mile Family Run/Walk, which takes place on April 29, 2023, at the Maryland Zoo.  We also want to extend our congrats to Brigance Brigade Foundation as they celebrate 15 years in their mission...

So You received a copyright infringement letter – now what?

You get home and in your mail is a letter, typically from a law firm - accusing you of infringing some obscure copyrighted image you posted on a blog, website or other online location - often one you posted many years before.  It asks for a large payment (at least to you) - often several thousand dollars - to remedy the past alleged infringement.  Many times the law firm sending the letter is a...

Shortened USPTO Deadlines – how it affects trademark applications

Historically, trademark applicants have generally had six (6) months to respond to an Office Action issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) for the response to be considered timely.  This is a lengthy period, but at times, this lengthy time period could be beneficial to a client from a strategic standpoint. However, the USPTO recently shortened this response period...

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