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Firm Profile: Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-1302, United States
Contact: Ken Davis, Shareholder
Phone: 503) 778-2121
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Washington
Number of Attorneys
11-24 Attorneys

In Wake of Equifax Breach, Squatters Appear and Are Vanquished

On September 7, Equifax Inc. announced the cyber security breach that could potentially impact 100 million U.S. consumers. In addition to Equifax’s main website, Equifax.com, the company set up a dedicated website —…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Clock Is Ticking: Refile DMCA Designated Agent Registration by Dec. 31 or Lose Safe Harbor Benefits

If there is one thing you need to do by the end of the year, it is refiling your designated agent registration with the Copyright Office. The message from the Copyright Office is very clear — if you do not refile by December 31,…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Matal v. Tam: Supreme Court Rules USPTO Prohibition of Offensive Marks Based On Disparagement Clause Is Unconstitutional Under the First Amendment

Historically, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has refused to register trademarks considered to be offensive in that they disparaged a particular person, group or institution. Now the PTO cannot deny the registration…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Oregon’s amendment of the Unlawful Trade Practices Act makes privacy policies and consumer contracts required reading.

Effective May 25, 2017, privacy statements that are “materially inconsistent” with how you handle consumer information violate a new amendment of the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act (“UTPA”). A consumer may file a complaint…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Breadcrumbs to our demise.

Data does not exist in a vacuum. There are some very lucrative careers based on the extraction of multiple, divergent uses of a single data set. It follows that the fitness tracker that collects and analyzes data to encourage…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

President Trump Signs Executive Order Holding Agency Directors Accountable for Cybersecurity

Five months after rejecting a less detailed executive order on cybersecurity, Trump signed one on May 11, 2017 (Order). The Order notifies federal agencies that the “President will hold heads of executive departments and…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Game Played Proactively

Having read the recent Supreme Court decision of Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands and the new unified test for copyright protectability in useful articles, we can now turn to the challenge of what actual changes will result from…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Two Faces of Hacking: Data Scientists are Doing Bad to Do Good.

American and Canadian data scientists, librarians, hackers and activists have united in a “rogue” movement to locate and archive climate data maintained by U.S. agencies. Environmental scholars and librarians at the University…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

The State of Domain Names

The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) has released its 2016 Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRP) statistics. The overall number of new cases increased by 10 percent over the previous year. WIPO indicates that…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Copyright and Compliance for All: 10 Business Resolutions to Increase Copyright Success and Security in 2017

Does your business run and maintain a website? Does it create or license website or other content? Does it run and implement software? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, but haven’t yet considered the importance of…more
 /  Business Organizations, Intellectual Property

IP Alert: New Ruling Regarding DMCA Safe Harbor Protections

In Brief: The recent Second Circuit decision in EMI Christian Music, Inc. v. MP3tunes, LLC builds on BMG Rights Management et al v. Cox Communications, further emphasizing that courts expect online service providers and website…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Gates Foundation Adopts Progressive Open Access Policy

Open Access is one of the publishing models that arose with the ease of internet distribution. Before the internet, publishing was governed largely by a scarcity or “closed” model of distribution. Since the internet, the…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Unicorns are Real, Indecision May Possibly Be Your Best Option at Some Point and Yes, Virginia, You Can Trust Big Brother

Washington State Begins Beta Testing Its Pioneering Privacy Modeling App - Seattle — and by extension, Washington — has a purist attitude in its fusion of technology and life. All other states offer their employees manuals,…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd Puts the Brakes on the Trivett Family Trust

In a World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) domain name decision, WIPO has ordered the cancellation of 175 domain names that include the famous Range Rover, Land Rover and Jaguar trademarks. The domains were registered in the…more
 /  International Law & Trade

Answering the Question: ‘Can third parties challenge a copyright Work Made for Hire ownership assertion?’

A recent case out of the Second Circuit says “Yes. Third parties have standing to assert the defense that a copyright owner’s claim of ownership is erroneously based on Work Made for Hire (WMFH).”…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
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