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Internet Law

Written by Gene Quinn
Patent Attorney & Founder of IPWatchdog
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There is no such thing as “Internet Law.” Notwithstanding the previous statement, the Internet forces us to deal with legal issues that are substantially different from those issues that are traditionally faced in the “real world.” Moreover, due to the technology that makes the Internet work, the “real world” law of Contracts, Torts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Intellectual Property (to name but a few substantive areas) cannot be neatly applied to Internet scenarios that at first glance seem very similar to familiar “real world” fact patterns. The “Internet Lawyer”, whether an attorney admitted to practice law or an individual who is representing themselves, must understand substantive law, but simply understanding “real world” substantive law does not guarantee the understanding of how that law does and/or should apply to the Internet. Many of our most basic legal presumptions must be questioned before we are able to determine what law does and/or should apply to Internet scenarios.

Over the years I have tried to provide detailed information relating to various substantive areas of law as they apply to the Internet. Unfortunately, as Internet Law has grown, and as my own business has prospered, it has become an altogether to daunting task to keep the material fresh and current. Rather than provide old, stale information I have elected to cut back, at least somewhat, on the types of Internet related legal issues that are covered by IPWatchdog.com. Presently, I am retooling our Internet Law content, but hope to add more pages and substantive content during 2009, so please feel free to check back to see our progress.

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About the Author

Eugene R. Quinn, Jr.
President & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
US Patent Attorney (Reg. No. 44,294)
Zies, Widerman & Malek

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
L.L.M. in Intellectual Property, Franklin Pierce Law Center

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Gene is a US Patent Attorney and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. Known by many as “The IPWatchdog.” Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had millions of unique visitors.Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, CNN Money and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.