Armand Zottola

Armand Zottola

Venable LLP

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Legal Considerations for E-Commerce Businesses

Nearly all companies now use online or mobile websites and/or social media network pages to promote their businesses, sell goods or services, conduct business transactions, and connect and communicate with customers, clients,...more

4/7/2014 - Compliance E-Commerce

BYOD for 501(c)s: Pros and Perils of "Bring Your Own Device"

In this presentation: - Current Issues - Overview of BYOD Policies - Integrating BYOD in Your Workforce - Lessons from the Front Lines - Putting It All Together - Takeaways and...more

4/2/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Data Breach Data Protection

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

3/10/2014 - BIS Copyright Cybersecurity Export Controls Exports Facebook FDA Federal Contractors Food Safety GINA Iran Iran Sanctions NDAA Nutrition Facts Labels Privacy Laws Small Business Trade Secrets

IP Buzz - February 2014

In this issue: - Hotfile Case Will Shape Copyright Law Online - Pacific Coast Marine Windshields Ltd. v. Malibu Boats, LLC et. al.: Federal Circuit Decision Confirms Application of Principle of Prosecution...more

2/28/2014 - Copyright Design Patent Estoppel Patent Litigation Patents Trade Secrets

Advertising News & Analysis - February 20, 2014

In this issue: - Announcement - NAD Weighs in on Native Advertising...Again - Courts Chew on Intersection of FDA Labeling Regs and Private Causes of Action - Bills on the Hill Target Federal...more

2/24/2014 - Advertising FDA NAD Native Advertising

Implementing a Bring-Your-Own-Device Policy: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Current Issues - Overview of BYOD Policies - Integrating BYOD in Your Workforce - Lessons from the Front Lines - Putting It All Together - Hypothetical...more

2/20/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Compliance Employer Liability Issues Non-Profits

Winter 2014 Federal Copyright and Trade Secret Legislation Update

Several bills under consideration in the 113th Congress would establish or significantly amend certain federal statutes related to the protection, enforcement, and exploitation of trade secrets or copyrights. Some legislation...more

2/20/2014 - Copyright Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Protection Theft Trade Secrets

Bring-Your-Own-Device Programs: Steps to Minimize Nonprofits' Legal Risks

Nonprofit organizations are increasingly allowing their employees to use their own mobile devices to access, view, download, and transmit work-related materials. While these bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs may enhance...more

2/4/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Data Breach Data Protection Employer Liability Issues Non-Profits

Guidelines for Nonprofits when Negotiating Online Advertising Arrangements

Nonprofits have long looked to advertising and marketing agencies to assist with their marketing and promotion efforts relating to fundraising, membership development, program promotion, product and service sales, and...more

11/7/2013 - Advertising Non-Profits Online Advertisements

Business News Digest – November 2013

In this issue: - Banking Committee Focuses on Private-Label Mortgage-Backed Securities Market - SEC Requests Public Comment on OFR Study of Risks in the Asset Management Industry - Broken Windows and...more

11/6/2013 - Advertising Asset Management Compliance Crowdfunding Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Enforcement Internet JOBS Act Mary Jo White Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages Native Advertising NIST SEC

Advertising News & Analysis - November 1, 2013

In this issue: - Venable Named Advertising Law Firm of the Year…Again - Online Ads and Outdated Agency Agreements Don’t Mix - We Have One Word for You: Plastics - CFPB Opens Door to “Innovative”...more

11/4/2013 - Advertising CFPB Disclosure Environmental Policies FTC Landfills Native Advertising

Guidelines for Negotiating Online Advertising Arrangements

Businesses with advertising needs have long looked to advertising agencies or other outside service providers to assist with their marketing and promotion efforts. This outsourcing model has not changed with the emergence of...more

10/24/2013 - Advertising Business Development Marketing Outsourcing

Allowing User-Generated Content on Social Media: Steps for Minimizing Nonprofits' Legal Risks

Allowing donors, supporters, members, or other interested third parties to communicate with and about a nonprofit through its social media networks can facilitate and improve a nonprofit’s communication and marketing efforts,...more

9/30/2013 - Non-Profits Risk Management Social Media User-Generated Content

Nonprofit Executive Summit: Bringing Nonprofit Leaders Together to Discuss Legal, Finance, Tax, and Operational Issues Impacting...

In this presentation: - Keynote Address: The Federal Tax Landscape for Nonprofits: View from the Hill - Risk to Relevance: Protecting Your Nonprofit's Business Model - In the Wake of the IRS Exempt...more

9/27/2013 - Brand Exempt Organizations Federal Taxes IRS Non-Profits Social Media Volunteers

Keeping Up with Technology and the Law: What Your Nonprofit Should Know about Apps, the Cloud, Information Security, and...

In this presentation: - Apps - The Cloud - Information Security - Electronic Contracting - Excerpt from: Apps: But, What Exactly Is an App? - A software application designed to run on...more

9/19/2013 - Cloud Computing Contracting Procedures Data Protection Mobile Apps Technology

Building and Protecting Your Association’s Brand in Social Media: Managing the Legal Pitfalls

In this presentation: - Social Media – Everywhere - How Does Social Media Work for You? - When Social Media Works against You - Laws – Evolving - Defamation - Intellectual Property:...more

8/30/2013 - Advertising Brand Copyright Defamation Disclaimers DMCA Facebook Fair Use Instagram Invasion of Privacy Photographs Pinterest Right of Publicity Social Media Social Media Policy Trade Secrets Trademarks Twitter

Advertising News & Analysis - June 13, 2013

In this issue: - Venable’s Jeff Knowles to Receive ERA Lifetime Achievement Award - The Best Things in Life Are Free – Just Pay Separate Shipping and Handling - CARU Says “Watch Those Kids,” at Least in...more

6/17/2013 - Advertising False Advertising Lanham Act SCOTUS Trade Secrets

Guidelines for Protecting Company Trade Secrets

“Trade secrets” are generally defined as confidential proprietary information that provides a business with a competitive advantage or actual or potential economic benefit. Trade secrets are protected under the Economic...more

5/31/2013 - Confidentiality EEA Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

Information Security Implications for Business Agreements

On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order (“Order”) that outlined a voluntary cybersecurity framework (“Framework”) designed to help protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, which is generally...more

4/18/2013 - Barack Obama Contract Drafting Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Data Breach Executive Orders Information Security

Preparing an Online Social Media Policy: The Top Ten Legal Considerations for Your Nonprofit

Legal issues - Same as before but new platforms – Entity use of social media – Pathways to Legal Liability or Risk: Defamation, Intellectual Property, Trade Secret, Advertising, Privacy, and...more

3/12/2013 - Advertising Contests & Promotions Copyright Data Protection Defamation NLRA NLRB Social Media Policy Trade Secrets Trademarks

Business News Digest – February 2013

In this issue: - What You Need to Know About the Proposed Maryland Investment Tax Credit for Cybersecurity - Trade Secret Legislation May Increase Infringement Claims and Lead to a Private Right of Action -...more

2/20/2013 - Antitrust Conspiracies CIPA Class Action Class Certification Cybersecurity Department of Transportation ECPA FDA Food Safety Infringement Investment Tax Credits IRS NEPA Pay or Play Trade Secrets Voluntary Correction Program

Trade Secret Legislation May Increase Infringement Claims and Lead to a Private Right of Action

Congress recently took new steps to protect trade secrets, which are generally defined as all forms or types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information that the owner has taken...more

1/18/2013 - DOJ Economic Espionage Act Enforcement Actions Misappropriation Penalties Private Right of Action Technology Theft Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act Trade Secrets

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