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Protecting On-line Businesses: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Intellectual Property



Tue, Apr 27, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

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The shift to more on-line business will likely remain as we re-open following the pandemic.  As beneficial as it is to conduct business online, it is also challenging to navigate the quickly changing landscape and avoid legal pitfalls.

This presentation will discuss how you can protect your business, avoid the pitfalls, and answer questions such as:

  • How do I work with contractors and use third party content on my website in a way that limits my liability?
  • Can I use the names or logos of other companies on my website?
  • How can website terms of use protect my business?
  • How can I prevent others from copying me?

This presentation will also provide an overview of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and how you can use these tools to increase your competitiveness and create value in your business.

Registration is required to attend this webinar. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior the webinar.

Co-sponsored by the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development.


Shehla Syed

Shehla Syed, IP Strategist & Litigator, Trademark, Copyright & Patent Attorney

Ms. Syed counsels clients on all aspects of their intellectual property – trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets – to help them maximize the value and enforceability of their content, brands and technology. Shehla’s trademark practice includes the selection, screening, prosecution, licensing, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, domestic and international. She also advises clients on copyright matters, including registration, licensing, maintenance and enforcement.

Shehla is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has litigated intellectual property cases before the United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, Delaware, Middle District of Florida and District of New Jersey, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Shehla also assists clients in domain name disputes and on-line brand protection in federal court or arbitration before the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) or the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

As a registered patent attorney, Shehla advises clients on patent matters and has litigated patent cases in numerous federal courts. Shehla has counseled clients in a variety of technological fields, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, computer software, and material sciences.
Shehla has been recognized by Best Lawyers (2022) and Super Lawyers (since 2019) in her areas of expertise. In 2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association awarded Shehla their Excellence in the Law award in the category of Up & Coming Lawyers.
Prior to joining West Hill, Shehla was in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block as a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group. She has also practiced at Roper & Quigg in Chicago and Venable, Baetjer & Howard in Baltimore.

Ms. Syed received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served on the Journal of International Economic Law. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
Shehla is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Boston Patent Law Association and the New England Muslim Bar Association, for which she was one of the founding members. Shehla has also served on the Community Ethics Committee at the Division of Medical Ethics of the Harvard Medical School which provides ethics feedback to Harvard teaching hospitals

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