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My mission is to listen to your challenges, concerns and ideas, provide honest advice, keep an open flow of communication, and be a strong, determined advocate for your interests. My main areas of practice are intellectual property law, business law, and technology law. I guide clients through various stages of business development, whether this means organizing or modifying a business entity, negotiating with business partners and vendors, protecting creations and trade secrets, or protecting privacy and enhancing cyber security.

I am licensed in Pennsylvania and am admitted to practice in all three Federal districts within the Commonwealth. My practice focuses on intellectual property law, technology law, and compliance. My experience includes jury and non-jury trials, Pennsylvania Superior Court briefs and argument, and litigating and mediating cases in Federal court. Past areas of practice have included family law and criminal law. A more detailed biography is located here.

My goal is to help you identify your current and future needs, and to address issues that you may not have anticipated yet, to strengthen and grow your business.

About Wilftek LLC

I am Of Counsel to Wilftek LLC, a technology and intellectual property firm based in the Philadelphia area which represents clients at various stages of their business development – from the initial spark of an idea, to building relationships with business partners and customers, to planning for strategic growth. We help clients protect their business, brand, and creative assets.

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Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property Law

Experienced in copyright, trademark, licensing, trade secret protection strategy, contract, and other areas of Intellectual Property law. Each area has its unique requirements. We can protect an owner’s rights, and protect a business’ ability to leverage and protect intellectual property rights.

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Compliance, Cybersecurity, and Business Law

Businesses must comply with an increasing number of laws focused on protecting the privacy and security of customers, employees, and business partners. Insurance companies have successfully used non-compliance as a reason to not cover costly insurance claims. Hope is not a legal strategy – find out what your compliance requirements are, and whether you are meeting those requirements. We can set up or review your business structure and your employee and vendor agreements, to ensure that they meet your current and future needs.

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Articles

Not So Happy Together – The Turtles vs. SiriusXM Copyright Case

August 31st, 2021|Categories: Contracts, Copyright, Intellectual Property|

What happens when Congress is unable - for almost 50 years - to figure out how to protect recorded music? Specifically, music recorded before 1972? Messy litigation involving the Turtles is what happens. First, some background. Almost 50 years ago, Congress passed the Sound Recording Amendment to the 1909 Copyright Act, which provided copyright protection to sound recordings created on or after February 15, 1972. However, there was no Federal law requiring that royalties be [...Read More...]

The Washington Football Team vs. Trademark Squatters – The Sequel

July 30th, 2021|Categories: Intellectual Property, Trademark|

On July 13, 2020, the era of the NFL's Washington Redskins ended (following pressure from the public and from corporate sponsors) and a new era began. Unfortunately, it was - and remains - an unnamed era. The team currently is called "The Washington Football Team" - it's better than "The Washington Insert Name Here" but not by much. Why the delay in getting a new name? Part of it could be related to the issues [...Read More...]

Supreme Court Fights Abuses of the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act

June 29th, 2021|Categories: Contracts, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Trade Secrets|

For 35 years, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has been a powerful weapon in law enforcement's arsenal against computer hackers. Essentially, it criminalized the standard definition of hacking - accessing information on a computer, where the user lacks authorization to do so. But what happens when someone is authorized to access the information, but then misuses the information? For example, a police officer who accepted a bribe and then accessed a vehicle database [...Read More...]

What Is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act?

May 28th, 2021|Categories: Copyright, Intellectual Property|

Over the past few years, you may have heard various people express support for or opposition to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. While President Trump and others have accused Internet content publishers of using it to discriminate against conservative points of view, the reality is quite different and actually not political at all. While people will often disagree about specific examples of political speech online, the irony is that political speech would have [...Read More...]

Where Have All the Soundtracks Gone?

April 30th, 2021|Categories: Contracts, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Licensing|

When fans of the TV show “Dawson’s Creek” watch it on Netflix, it will sound very different. This is because the theme song (Paula Cole’s "I Don't Want to Wait") has been replaced by Jann Arden’s "Run Like Mad" due to lack of streaming and DVD rights to the Paula Cole song. Dawson’s Creek has plenty of company in this area. Before the rise of streaming services, TV shows could save money by paying for [...Read More...]

You Can’t Copyright That?

March 31st, 2021|Categories: Copyright, Intellectual Property, Trademark|Tags: , , |

Copyright law often isn't as well understood as, for example, criminal defense, or family law. Most people may know that if you write a book, perform a song, or take a photograph, you can obtain copyright protection for those works. But what about items that you can't protect through copyright?  Here are some examples of items that aren't eligible for copyright protection: Ideas.  To be eligible for copyright protection, works must be "fixed in [...Read More...]

U.S. v. Arthrex: A Battle for Power over Patent Judges

February 26th, 2021|Categories: Intellectual Property, Patent|

One of my favorite aspects of the law is that something can be standard practice, or settled law, until a creative lawyer or court pulls it apart, turns it on its head, and a new paradigm is born. Think of Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, or Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Each of these decisions upended the prior paradigm. A new case may be joining this list: United States v. Arthrex [...Read More...]

Third Party Cookies Crumble. Is Google’s Replacement Any Better?

February 1st, 2021|Categories: Intellectual Property|

As a scrappy Silicon Valley startup, Google's motto was "Don't Be Evil".  The phrase was part of the employee Code of Conduct and was even the Wi-Fi password for its company shuttles.  The phrase disappeared from the Code of Conduct in 2018, long after Google had become an Internet search giant and had begun acting the part.  This includes aggressively collecting as much data as possible from users of its services and global users of [...Read More...]

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The California Consumer Privacy Act took effect January 1, 2020. Its replacement (the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)) was approved Nov. 3, 2020 and will be effective in 2023.

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