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Kathy Ossian named in “Best Lawyers in America” for 2016

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August, 2016  PRESS RELEASE:

Kathy Ossian, founder and CEO of Ferndale’s Ossian Law P.C. has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Information Technology Law. The Best Lawyers titles were given based on a peer-review survey of attorneys in Metro Detroit.

Along with practicing law, Ossian is a speaker, educator and editor of the PLI publication, “Social Media and the Law”. Ossian Law P.C. is an information technology law practice, based in Ferndale, Michigan.

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Kathy Ossian re-elected to Armenian Bar Board

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At the May 21, 2016 annual meeting of the Armenian Bar Association, Kathy Ossian of Ossian Law P.C. was reelected to the association’s board for a three-year term. This election, held in Chicago, marks Ossian’s third consecutive term on the board.

The Armenian Bar Association is an international forum of attorneys who come together to socially and professionally address the legal concerns of the Armenian community worldwide. More information on the organization can be found here.

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“Social Media and the Law” – Updated version now available!

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“Social Media and the Law” – Updated version now available!

Kathy Ossian’s PLI publication “Social Media and the Law” was first released in July, 2013. Each of the chapters, edited annually, have been updated again in April 2016. Some of the topics covered in the latest release include:

  • The Supreme Court’s decision on cyber threats
  • New regulations on crowdfunding
  • Hashtags as trademarks
  • State laws banning non-disparagement clauses

The newly updated version of this topical treatise is available here.

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Kathy Ossian featured in Legal News on Encrypted Phone Technology

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In March, 2016, both the Detroit Legal News and Oakland County Legal News’ “Asked and Answered” column by Steve Thorpe featured Ossian Law P.C. CEO Kathy Ossian discussing encrypted phone technology, including the legal battle between Apple and the FBI. Access the Detroit Legal News feature here and the Oakland County Legal News column here.

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Kathy Ossian moderates panel at PLI Social Media Conferences

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Kathy Ossian, founder and CEO of Ossian Law, was a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) conference “Social Media 2016: Addressing Corporate Risks” recently held in San Francisco and New York City. Ossian moderated the panel entitled “A View From The Trenches: Hot Issues, Creative Solutions” with in-house counsel from Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Clorox and Hearsay Social (San Francisco) and Etsy, Meetup, American Express, Dell, Pepsico and Citigroup (New York City).

Ossian is also the managing editor of the PLI publication, “Social Media and the Law,” which will release its 2016 updates in the next few weeks.

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Ossian Law P.C. re-certified as WBE for 2016

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This month, Ossian Law P.C. has been re-certified as a Women Business Enterprise by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC). This certification designates that a woman has majority control of the business. NWBOC seeks to provide corporations with the opportunity to better their procurement practices and to give women business owners the chance to compete for contracts on a national level.

Founded in May of 2013, Ossian Law is owned and operated by Information Technology attorney Kathy Ossian. The practice is based in Ferndale, Michigan.

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Detroit Legal News “Asked and Answered” Kathy Ossian on Connected Cars

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On October 22, 2015, Kathy Ossian, Founder and CEO of Ossian Law P.C. was featured in the front-page article of the Detroit Legal News “Asked and Answered: Kathy Ossian on Connected Cars” Access the article here.

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Kathy Ossian named as 2016 Detroit Information Technology Lawyer of the Year

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Ossian Law founder and CEO Kathy Ossian has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America​ in the Information Technology Law field. In addition, she has been recognized as the 2016 Detroit Information Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.” These titles were given based on a survey of attorneys in Metro Detroit.

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Protecting Proprietary Systems

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Businesses whose livelihood depends on proprietary technology must be vigilant in protecting that technology. Those who use others’ proprietary systems should strive to respect attendant use restrictions.

Earlier this month, Office Future Systems Inc. (OFS) filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), alleging that LADWP misappropriated OFS’ proprietary online bidding system. Apparently, OFS and LADWP had a contractual relationship for several years during which LADWP paid OFS for the use of it’s system. In the lawsuit, OFS contends that LADWP terminated their relationship and then utilized the services of OFS’ former technology officer through another contractor to, essentially, duplicate OFS’s system.

Whether or not the allegations against LADWP will be proven remains to be seen. The immediate lesson is that steps to protect proprietary technology may include express license/access restrictions, non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements and even litigation. To help avoid litigation, users should exercise due diligence to determine whether contractors and vendors have unfettered permission to provide technology and services.

An article with more information about the OFS lawsuit is available here (free trial registration may be required). Contact us at Ossian Law P.C. regarding any information technology law question.

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Steamfeed Article: Startup Legal Matters: Controlling Digital Assets

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Start-ups-Legal-Matters_-ControllingCheck out Kathy Ossian’s Steamfeed article:  Startup Legal Matters:  Controlling Digital Assets. It is the final in a series of four articles on why “legal matters” to startups.

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