As of May, 1999, 171 million people are on-line. (U.S. Commerce Report) Worldwide e-commerce sales continue to soar and are expected to reach a volume of US $1 trillion by 2003. (www.wired.com E-Biz Heavies Going Global; September 14, 1999). The Internet’s ability to reach a vast audience, coupled with the potential for staggering windfalls, has created a frenzy amongst businesses that are anxious to participate in the e-commerce industry. Ventures include small businesses looking to expand on-line, fortune 500 companies spinning off e-commerce divisions and entities investing in, or partnering, with an e-commerce company. In the rush to get on-line, however, many companies fail to develop comprehensive e-business strategies. This article highlights some key business, technical and legal issues to consider when kicking the tires of an e-commerce business.
It is not often that the words “new” and “exciting” appear in the same sentence with “Ohio Secretary of State.” But over the past few weeks, the Secretary of State has initiated online filing for certain business documents, and more types of documents are scheduled to be added shortly.
Originally Posted: October 20, 2010 at ClevelandBusinesslaw.com
Experienced Internet users understand the value of a simple, distinctive and memorable domain name. Web addresses such as www.kodak.com andwww.ford.com are easy to find, easy to remember, and lead where one would expect them to. So for businesses considering an online presence, the choice of a domain name is not one to be made lightly. There are also legal issues involved in choosing a domain name, the most important of which is trademark infringement.