New contributor to Internet Cases: Brian Beckham

I’m pleased to welcome Brian Beckham, the newest contributor to Internet Cases. Brian is currently based in Switzerland as a Case Manager with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center. He’s licensed to practice law in Virginia, and while he was practicing in the states, he focused on trademark law (as well as communications related contracts and licensing and nonprofit law) before joining WIPO in 2007. He holds a degree in philosophy from Ohio University, a J.D. and LL.M. in information technology from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and can often be found cycling the Alps surrounding Geneva, Switzerland. Drop him a line at brian.beckham [at] Although Brian works for WIPO, his posts are made in a personal capacity and recap publicly available information. Here’s a link to a more complete bio:

Brian’s first post deals with NASCAR’s unsuccessful attempts to wrangle a domain name from another party using the mark within a domain name.

Facebook users — join the Internet Cases Club

I’ve started up a group on Facebook, and if you’re a member of the Facebook community, I invite you to join. I have no agenda for the group’s activities, if there ever are any. But the discussion board feature could be fun, and it also seems like it could be a good networking catalyst. Hope to see you there.

Here’s a link to the group page:

(Drop me a line if you have any trouble accessing it.)

New Terms and Conditions for Internet Cases

Website terms and conditions are a strange animal. And they’re sometimes even more puzzling when they’re on a lawyer’s website. I’ve been thinking about what the terms and conditions for this site should say, and so I’ve come up with the following. Sure I could make it all legalese and complicated, but I’m trying a more conversational approach. Here goes.

Dear Reader:

When you read this website, Internet Cases, please keep the following in mind. If you cannot or will not accept what is stated below, please direct your browser somewhere else. If you go ahead and read the content on the site, I’ll conclude that you agree to all of this. I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding as to the purpose of this website or as to the relationship between author and reader.

This is a website that provides information. It is not legal advice. Is it an advertisement for legal services? I say no. I don’t intend for this website to be an advertisement, and I don’t think you should either.

Unless you have signed a written agreement with my employer, I am not your lawyer and therefore, you are not my client. That means there is no attorney-client relationship. Even if you are one of my clients, the information here is intended for a general audience and is not tailored for your specific needs. If you need legal advice, get in touch with a lawyer directly. You’d be foolish to make important decisions relating to your life, liberty or property based only on information you read online. You shouldn’t do that with any website, and certainly not this one.

Although I try my best in every instance to be accurate, it could be that some information on this website contains errors. I’m a lawyer, all lawyers are human, and therefore, I’m a human. Moreover, the information you find here may have become out-of-date. Opinions get overruled and the law changes. I DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES RELATING TO THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE ACCURACY OR CURRENTNESS OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREUPON.

The vast majority of the time I do not editorialize or state opinions of what I think the law should be. Instead I talk about what the law is. In the rare instances that I do indicate some opinion or put a spin on an issue, that is in no way a reflection on or a representation of any opinion held by my employer. Furthermore, I never write about ongoing matters in which I represent the participants.

I like getting e-mail from my readers, and if you’d like to contact me, go right ahead. But please use discretion when doing so. Again, unless there’s a written agreement in place, I’m not your lawyer, and so the question of confidentiality in that situation may be problematic. (What if I already represent the other side?) If you write to me and I don’t get back to you, please don’t take it personally. It does not mean that I don’t like you. It’s just that I’m very busy and I have to prioritize.

If you’re with the press, or are looking for a speaker at your event, I’ll probably be more than happy to talk with you.

Check back to this page from time to time, as I reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions, and if you continue to visit the site after those changes are made, I’ll assume you accept them.

Thank you for visiting Internet Cases.

Evan Brown