Internet, Cybersecurity & E-Commerce

Merchant’s Internet, Cybersecurity & E-Commerce (ICE) Practice Group is composed of a team of attorneys, litigators, and business professionals who have diverse experience working on trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secret matters, but who also understand business, marketing, and information technology. This innovative practice group includes members that have advanced technical degrees and extensive experience and training in the ever-evolving field of the Internet, including online brand protection, e-commerce concerns, anti-counterfeiting, domain name management, keyword advertising, social media, cybersecurity, and data privacy.

With diverse backgrounds and education, Merchant’s ICE team can identify potential concerns for your business and work with you to prevent those concerns from becoming real issues.  Our team also conquers Internet disputes as they arise.  Merchant’s ICE practice group is dedicated to finding a cohesive solution for managing your online presence.

Education and industry experience enables our team to have an insightful understanding of issues involved in each case and effectively interact with clients, inventors, and expert witnesses alike.  We also work with world-class vendors who provide critical information for rapid-paced Internet issues.

Our attorneys are first and foremost, superior legal counselors.  Our attorneys use their technical knowledge as a means to further the end of providing our clients with sound legal advice.  Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the relevant law from years of experience, a constant following of development in law, and frequent interactions with other Merchant attorneys.  We have extensive experience assessing risks to help our clients make prudent business decisions.

From Individual Inventors to Fortune 500 Companies

Headquartered in Minneapolis, M&G has several offices across the United States and provides superior value based on our experience. In addition, we provide convenient representation across the United States and in all time zones.

For over 115 years, our intellectual property lawyers have represented individual inventors, emerging regional businesses and Fortune 500 companies located in the U.S. and worldwide.

Areas of focus we provide to inventors and companies engaged in innovative endeavors regarding the Internet, e-commerce, cybersecurity, and data privacy include, but are not limited to:

  • Anti-counterfeiting and online brand protection
  • Internet of Things counseling
  • Cyber-security counseling
  • Data privacy counseling
  • Domain name acquisitions, management, and enforcement
  • UDRP (Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy) proceedings
  • Online marketplace and website enforcement
  • Social media counseling and enforcement
  • Keyword advertising and advertising claims
  • Website terms of use and privacy terms
  • Due Diligence
  • Copyright management, prosecution, and enforcement
  • DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) enforcement

Collectively, our attorneys and professionals put decades of experience within each client's reach. Merchant & Gould is in the top tier of intellectual property law firms nationwide providing intellectual property services for clients whose products or services are advertised, promoted, or sold on the Internet.

Internet, Cybersecurity & E-Commerce (ICE) Practice Group Co-Chairs William D. Schultz & Eric R. Chad


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Merchant & Gould Launches Business Consulting Group, Advising Clients across Industries on Risk Mitigation and Protection
Merchant & Gould has formalized the launch of a business consulting group, the M&G Integrator™ Program, offering product and service companies a new way to protect their brands in the fast-paced online marketplace. The group’s business-minded ...
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CyberWorld: Bringing Business and IP Strategies Together
M&G is pairing with CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) to showcase methods of integrating business and intellectual property to develop a balanced intellectual property portfolio that protects the bottom line.  The seminar has CLE credit for attorneys, ...
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Eric Chad, Partner, Merchant & Gould P.C. Has Earned CIPP/US Certification
Eric Chad, Partner, Merchant & Gould P.C., has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Eric counsels clients on a variety ...
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Business Issues on the Internet CLE
Join us for a complimentary CLE discussing the current trends related to the online marketplace as well as manage cyber-security issues that impact businesses. Synopsis  Learn how business and legal teams can work together to identify what ...
Cybersecurity CLE in Knoxville
Cyber threats are too often a matter of “when” not “if”. Using recent high-profile security breaches as examples, this presentation explores the nature, target, and common perpetrators of threats to digital information, as well as proactive ...
Cybersecurity CLE in Minneapolis
As part of our CYBERWORLD Series, join us for a complimentary CLE focusing on intellectual property law and cybersecurity, then stay for beverages and heavy appetizers at a networking happy hour in a private room at the Minneapolis Club. Cybersecurity: ...
Cyberworld: Protecting Your Brand in Cyberspace
Please join us for a complimentary CLE focusing on intellectual property law and the ever-evolving Cyberworld Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:30-6:00 p.m. 1801 California Street Denver, CO 80202 CLE - 2:30-4:30 p.m., The New York Conference Room Cocktail ...
Cyberworld CLE in Madison
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Heather Kliebenstein to speak at Trademark & Copyright Summit
Heather Kliebenstein, an intellectual property attorney and partner at Merchant & Gould, will be a featured speaker at a trademark and copyright conference in Silicon Valley on November 19, 2015.The IP Strategy Summit – Trademark & Copyright: ...
Will Schultz to speak about anti-counterfeiting strategies in California
Will Schultz, an intellectual property attorney and partner at Merchant & Gould, will be a featured speaker at a trademark and copyright conference in Silicon Valley on November 19, 2015.The IP Strategy Summit – Trademark & Copyright: Silicon ...
Rachel Hughey to speak at Computer & Technology Law Institute
The former General Counsel of Lawson Software and one of that company’s litigators on the ePlus v. Lawson case share insights, stories and lessons learned in an extended software patent fight – lessons to consider applying to all manner ...
Cyberworld CLE
CYBERWORLD: Protecting Your Brand in Cyberspace Join us for a complimentary CLE focusing on Trademark Law and the ever-evolving Cyberworld Will Schultz – Online Brand Protection and Watching, 2:00-2:30 Greg Golla – Domain Names, Advertising, ...