Eric “the Cyberlawyer” Menhart
|EFF – January 18, 2008:
Menhart is the author of a blog about cyberlaw issues called, logically if not innovatively, “Cyberlawg.” (As he says in the top right corner, “Cyberlawg = Cyberlaw + blog.”) And he is “principal attorney” in a firm called “CyberLaw P.C.” OK, OK, we get it, he practices technology law. Based on this, he’s applied for a trademark on the use of the term “cyberlaw” in connection with the practice of, um, cyberlaw. That’s like a soda company claiming a trademark in the use of the word soda in connection with the sale of soda. Or an apple farmer claiming a trademark in the use of the term apple in connection with the sale of apples. Or … well, you get the picture.
What is worse, he’s threatening other lawyers with legal action based on this silly “mark.” Menhart has demanded that attorney Michael Grossman change the title of his blog about technology law, “CyberBlawg.” Presumably Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, with its Cyberlaw Clinic, as well as the Berkman’s Center for Internet and Society, and Elliot Zimmerman’s blog, CyberLaw.info, are in Menhart’s sights as well.