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Posted in e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology Emily Reid

Webinar recording – UK PSD2 implementation

HM Treasury published a consultation paper and draft Payment Services Regulations 2017 for a short 6 week consultation period ending on 16 March 2017.

The consultation paper states that the Government aims to finalise and lay the final implementing legislation in Parliament in ‘early 2017 to provide industry with as much time as possible to adjust to any changes required’.… Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Theodore J. MlynarLewis CohenIra Schaefer

Blockchain: Delving into smart contract practicalities

Our partners Ted Mlynar and Lewis Cohen were quoted in a Wall Street Journal article which covers Hogan Lovell’s thought leadership on blockchain technologies, specifically how to grapple with the practical issues involved in implementing a smart contract.

Ted advocates an integrated approach by transactional counsel with subject matter expertise, smart contract lawyers, and programmers. To demonstrate, he and partner … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Mark Brennan

New U.S. Federal Law Prohibits Contracts With “Anti-Yelping” Provisions

Late last year, President Obama signed into law the Consumer Review Fairness Act (“CRFA”).   Intended to protect individuals who write unflattering online reviews of businesses, the CRFA voids contractual provisions in form contracts that: (1) prohibit non-disparagement; (2) impose liquidated damages or fines for posting disparaging reviews; or (3) exert control over the review through an assignment of intellectual property … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Ari FitzgeraldTom PetersWesley Platt

Connected Cars are Coming. Quickly.

One of the highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the parade of new connected vehicle technologies.  Automakers and their suppliers rolled out a number of innovative capabilities that promise to shape the next generation of driving, make transportation safer and more efficient, revitalize our cities, and reduce air pollution.  Often lost amidst the “oohs” and “ahhs” these … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter l January 2017

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as sharing interesting reports and surveys on issues affecting the market.

Key developments of interest over the last month include:

  • EBA consults on guidelines on security reporting:
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Posted in Technology Winston MaxwellRichard DiffenthalLewis Cohen

Three examples of blockchain smart contracts – Internet of Things, commercial paper and daos

For thousands of years, society has recorded information in ledgers, ranging from clay tablets, books through to cloud based computer systems. Despite the advance of technology, all of these ledgers have effectively been siloed with access (or “permission”) to write and read information generally being restricted.

Blockchain is a new technology that flips the traditional model of a ledger upside … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Andrew McGintyNolan Shaw

Draft legislation to affect China cloud services market access

On 25 November 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s telecommunications and Internet regulator, issued a draft Circular on Regulating Business Activities in the Cloud Services Market for public comment (“Draft Circular“). The stated aims of the Draft Circular are to improve the cloud services market environment and further regulate business activities in this sector. In … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology Federico Hernández Arroyo

Cryptocurrencies prompt contrasting reactions by Latin American regulators

While used by organized crime, cryptocurrencies are also becoming accepted as a legitimate payment method by mainstream sectors of the economy in Latin America. Currently, some stores, start-ups, restaurants, hotels, and other online businesses are accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a valid payment method. Online exchange platforms are emerging rapidly and even ATMs have been installed to carry out … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter l December 2016

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as sharing interesting reports and surveys on issues affecting the market.

Key developments of interest over the last month include:

  • PSF Strategy launch: the Strategy aims to
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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Technology Timothy TobinWinston Maxwell

European Commission Outlines Data Sharing Strategy for Connected Vehicles

Connected vehicles today are rolling computers able to exchange information wirelessly with manufacturers, other vehicles, and third party service providers to significantly improve safety, efficiency, and comfort for drivers.  Many entities are interested in the data these connected vehicles generate and transmit.  These entities include dealers and repair shops, vehicle fleet service providers, end-users, infrastructure operators, diagnostics providers, researchers, financial … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Theodore J. MlynarIra Schaefer

Why Smart Contracts Will Need ‘Smart Term Sheets’ to Match

In the era of smart contracts, lawyers will still have plenty of work ensuring the devs get the code right. Many people expect that formal written contracts, and the lawyers that draft them, will be obsolete.

It is presumed that the agreed-upon term sheet will be simply given to a software developer to convert into smart contract computer code. That … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Deanna WongEugene LowZhen Feng

IP aspects of China’s new controversial Cyber Security Law

China’s Cyber Security Law, which will take effect from 1 June, 2017 was finally adopted on 7 November.  The third draft of the law adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative authority, contained few changes from the second draft put forward for comment in July, 2016 (see our briefing).

The net result … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Mark Parsons

The shape of things to come – the HKMA and ASTRI chart a course for blockchain in Hong Kong: legal and regulatory implications

On 11 November, 2016, Hong Kong’s Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (“ASTRI“) published its “Whitepaper On Distributed Ledger Technology” (the “DLT Whitepaper“), a substantial research exercise commissioned by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the “HKMA“).

The DLT Whitepaper is a useful and well-informed introduction to blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (“DLT“), … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband

Data Without Borders: Hogan Lovells Winnik Forum Addresses International Considerations for the Growth and Development of a Connected World

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) connects markets and supply chains around the world.  Industry, governments and consumers around the world are embracing IoT technologies to improve research and public policy, to accelerate service delivery and to monitor global development programs across healthcare, agriculture, natural resource management, climate, and energy sectors.  Industry experts project that between 20 to 30 billion IoT … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Wesley Platt

Winnik Forum Panelists Explore Cybersecurity in the Connected World

Hogan Lovells’ Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum  explored how the Internet of Things (IoT) may continue to expand the scope of cybersecurity concerns.  Cybersecurity risks for the IoT were previously synonymous with enterprise products.  Now these risks extend to consumer devices, services and applications.

According to cybersecurity leaders attending the forum, the IoT market needs new, market-driven approaches to … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter l November 2016

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as sharing interesting reports and surveys on issues affecting the market.

Key developments of interest over the last month include:

  • UK PSR policy statement on IFR guidance
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Posted in Internet, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband

The IoT in the Real World: An Armchair Discussion with Stacey Higginbotham

Connected devices are everywhere and create a wealth of data.  How do we understand and use this data?  And how do we protect it against disclosure and attack? 

With questions like these, Stacey Higginbotham, creator of the Internet of Things Podcast and the “Stacey Knows Things” newsletter, launched an “armchair discussion” about the Internet of Things (“IoT”) during Hogan Lovells’ … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Peter Watts

Talking about the future

Our cross disciplinary London “Tech Hub” last night hosted a great dinner for clients. Greg Williams, Executive Editor of WIRED led a wide ranging discussion.   Given “Chatham House rules”, here’s a purely personal perspective on the debate.

We were inspired by the next wave of technologies – from autonomous vehicles to mixed reality. We were sometimes amused by the prospect … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Winston MaxwellRichard Diffenthal

Does blockchain’s trust architecture make dumb contracts smarter?

In a thought-provoking paper presented at this year’s TPRC Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, Internet scholar Kevin Werbach explains how the use of blockchain technology creates a new kind of trust architecture, which Werbach calls “trustless trust.”

Most existing trust relationships are based on a centralized “Leviathan” trust architecture where the state or another centralized authority … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology

Ambassador Sepulveda Urges Technology Industry to Ensure the Security and Interoperability of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is “clearly a significant market,” according to Daniel Alejandro Sepulveda, Ambassador, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in the Department of State.  In Sepulveda’s keynote remarks at the Hogan Lovells Fifth Annual Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum, he addressed the State … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Tony Lin

White House Announces Big Initiative to Support Small Satellites

Last month, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) announced the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative.  OSTP committed to working with NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and other Federal agencies to promote and support both government and private use of small satellites for remote sensing, communications, science, and the exploration of space.  … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Technology Dr. Christian E. Mammen

Blockchain and patent law: A conversation with Berkeley Law

Chris Mammen, Partner in our San Francisco office, recently interviewed Berkeley Law professors Narechania and McCrary about some of the IP applications of blockchain. This short video touches upon the following points:

  • What is blockchain?
  • Does it have broader applications outside Finance?
  • Who is the inventor and why is his/her/their identity important?
  • How might ownership of a core set of
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Posted in Technology, TMT2020 Tony Lin

TMT2020: CSSMA Holds First Working Meeting

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are excited to present this entry in our TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT colleagues across our global offices and practice areas.

Stephen Duall, FCC, (not pictured) leads a discussion regarding … Continue Reading