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Election 2020 Snapshot: Helping our technology and telecom clients make sense of the U.S. election results

An overhaul of tech antirust policy? Increased telecommunications regulations coupled with expanding telecoms infrastructure? Business as usual for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFUIS) investigations? We explore these questions and more in our analysis of the Biden administration’s potential approach to technology and telecommunications policy. Click here to read more

Posted in M&A, Technology Photo of Mark ParsonsPhoto of Tommy Liu

How to navigate data protection and cybersecurity issues in M&As in Asia-Pacific

In recent years, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has been a core hub of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, emerging relatively unscathed from the COVID-19 pandemic which has otherwise taken a toll on investment activity in 2020. Despite global economic headwinds and growing geopolitical uncertainties, signs of recovery in APAC deal-making have begun to merge as ambitious investors in the region look for both shelter and new opportunities in a time of unprecedented challenges. As we move at a breakneck pace into the digital era, data becomes more of a critical

Posted in Copyright, Intellectual Property, patents, Technology Photo of Burkhart GoebelPhoto of Miriam GundtPhoto of Celine CrowsonPhoto of Lloyd Parker

Global Intellectual Property Outlook 2020 – Two steps forward and a look back

Our fourth annual Global Intellectual Property Outlook reflects on some of the biggest developments from 2019, and provides valuable insights on upcoming changes in 2020. From key decisions and the latest case law, to how emerging technology, policy and trade will impact your IP portfolio and strategy. The start to 2020 has been an unprecedented time for us all. As citizens, businesses, governments and regulators adjust to the new challenges presented by the global spread of COVID-19, and social distancing and remote working become the new norm, there is no

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Peter WattsPhoto of Michele Farquhar

TMT Horizons 2019: Dynamism of TMT sector set to continue

Challengers can reach scale seemingly overnight, forcing market change at a similar speed. Established business models are upended, driving consolidation and restructuring. Regulators rush to respond, radically reshaping the environment. These trends show no sign of slowing down. This year’s TMT Horizons includes 22 short articles contributed by our lawyers around the globe, focusing on trends and issues our clients are facing and the fact that the intersection between the inherent dynamism of the sector and the increasing challenges to unchecked globalization will dominate the next chapter for TMT. Click

Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Ari Fitzgerald

Update on FCC 5.9 GHz band rule-making

On May 14, 2019, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to open a rule-making to take a “fresh look” at the 5850-5925 megahertz (MHz) (5.9 gigahertz (GHz)) spectrum band. Initial reports suggested that the FCC would take the issue up in June, but the 5.9 GHz rule-making was not included on the tentative agenda for the commission’s June open meeting. Chairman Pai delayed the rule-making at the request of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The FCC has not provided a timeline for the rule-making, but we expect

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Mark BrennanPhoto of Bret Cohen

Consumer Horizons 2019

The Consumer industry is evolving at lightning speed, and the way consumer companies operate is shifting. From issues in supply chain to the digitalization of the consumer experience, companies are rapidly changing to keep up with consumer demands. Last year businesses in the consumer industry saw a wave of unprecedented disruption and transformation, and 2019 promises challenges of similar or greater magnitude. In this year’s edition of Consumer Horizons, the Hogan Lovells global Consumer team identifies trends that will impact food and beverages companies, fashion and luxury goods producers, retailers, consumer

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Michele FarquharPhoto of Ashley HowlettPhoto of John CastlePhoto of Eugene Kim

2019 Winnik International TMT Forum: Media and Technology Convergence Panel

The 2019 Winnik International TMT Forum hosted by Hogan Lovells featured a panel discussion on technology and media convergence. Logan Breed, antitrust partner at Hogan Lovells, moderated the discussion as six thought leaders in media, technology, and competition law grappled with business and legal issues related to industry convergence. Panelists included Jeffrey Eisenach from NERA Economic Consulting, Richard Greenfield from BTIG, Gabrielle Kohlmeier from Verizon, Joshua Wexler from Pure Imagination Studios, and Hogan Lovells partners Falk Schoening (Brussels) and Sheri Jeffrey (Los Angeles). Recent Industry Trends and Developments Technology, media,

Posted in Intellectual Property, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Eugene LowPhoto of Andrew McGintyPhoto of Stefaan MeuwissenPhoto of Andrew CobdenPhoto of Yu-an Chang

China breaks new ground with Foreign Investment Law-related IP reform

In a recent move involving both the Chinese legislature (the National People’s Congress) and the executive branch (the State Council), China has overhauled two of its most important pieces of legislation governing inbound IP-related investments. The first major change was the adoption of the new Foreign Investment Law (“FIL”) on 15 March 2019 (full text in Chinese here, English version available upon request). The new FIL will enter into force on 1 January 2020, and the existing legislation that has formed the backbone of Foreign Direct Investment regulation since the

Posted in Intellectual Property, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Inmaculada Lorenzo

“IP Fast Action Protocol” facilitates processing of preliminary injunctions at Mobile World Congress 2019

The Mobile World Congress (MWC), whose latest edition  took place in Barcelona from 25 to 28 February 2019, is the largest mobile communications event in the world where new devices, applications and the latest developments in wireless and mobile communications technologies are showcased. This has given rise to a substantial increase in recent years of the IP rights-related conflicts in connection with new product launches at the fair, which are handled by the Barcelona commercial courts and, more specifically, by the Barcelona Patent Tribunal.In order to avoid, to the extent possible, that preliminary injunctions (PIs) be

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Privacy and Security Litigation, Technology

A global approach to IoT cybersecurity?

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published a new standard for cybersecurity in relation to consumer IoT products. The standard builds on the UK’s Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security, published in October last year. The Code of Practice was developed by the UK Government following publication of a draft code as part of the Secure by Design report published by the Government in March 2018 and after consultation with industry, consumer associations, and academics. The UK Code is voluntary but the UK Government was keen to work

Posted in Policy & Regulation Photo of Mark JonesPhoto of Peter Watts

Is the UK’s post-Brexit approach to platforms and the digital sector starting to emerge?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s statements of intent on a digital service tax and competition law reforms reinforce other recent indications that the UK government is looking seriously at making significant changes to the way it approaches online platforms and the so called “tech giants”. Brexit will potentially allow the UK to create its own strategy for the sector without necessarily needing to reach agreement with, or wait for, other European countries. Philip Hammond’s remarks at the Conservative Party conference come on top of the clearest statement yet, from Jeremy

Posted in Technology

Wearable technology: IP opportunities and risks – LimeGreen Live webinar

Join us on 16 or 21 August for the fourth in our LimeGreen Live webinar series in conjunction with the Hogan Lovells Consumer Industry Sector Group. This webinar will explore the IP opportunities and risks for businesses operating in, or looking to enter the wearable technology market. Our presenters will discuss the lifecycle of a wearable technology product, from building or acquiring an IP portfolio, branding considerations and new types of legal risks relating to SEPs, to commercializing your technology through the use of data. Our transatlantic team, including lawyers from London, San Francisco and Northern Virginia, will cover

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Roy ZouPhoto of Andrew McGintyPhoto of Mark Parsons

Evolving landscape for international cloud providers in China: why US technology giants are pairing up with local partners

Foreign investment in cloud services is heavily restricted in China. For years, international cloud operators have been struggling to identify structures that address regulatory concerns, but at the same time enable a service delivery model that is consistent with international offerings. Teaming up with Chinese companies is not something new, but it has become a more prominent feature in the cloud space following certain regulatory developments in 2017, notably new licensing requirements issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”), China’s telecommunications industry and internet regulator, as well

Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Peter WattsPhoto of Penny Thornton

The Brexit White Paper: A digital Brexit?

The UK Government’s White Paper sets out detailed proposals for the UK’s relationship with the EU following Brexit. As described in our dissection of the document as a whole, the White Paper sees the digital economy as an area of global opportunity for the UK.   So what does the Government have to say about sector? The White Paper’s distinguishes physical goods from the digital and services sectors. Integrated supply chains and the challenges of the Irish border have driven an approach to physical goods which maintains a high degree of

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Are the UK’s intellectual property laws ready for AI?

“AI doesn’t just belong to a few tech giants in Silicon Valley”: these were the words of Google Cloud’s chief scientist for AI, Fei-Fei Li, speaking in March 2018 at a panel discussion on the impact of AI. Whilst companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Google have been at the forefront of AI for a number of years, many organizations across many different industries, are now looking to jump on the bandwagon, as AI continues to permeate the public consciousness. In response to the gathering momentum behind AI, thought-leaders in

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Richard DiffenthalPhoto of Helen McGowan

Top academic weighs in on Artificial Intelligence regulation

The buzz regarding the potential for artificial intelligence (“AI”) to revolutionise our lives is inescapable. Development of AI technology is a huge growth area, and investors are banking on an “AI boom” in everything from cybersecurity and healthcare. The capabilities and achievements of AI in some areas are certainly astonishing – self-driving cars are no longer theoretical but a reality, and AlphaGo is now arguably the strongest Go player in history. But the picture isn’t all rosy, which the Economist has recently described as a ‘Techlash’ against the digital giants.

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Technology Photo of Christine Gateau

Following a cyber attack, IoT device manufacturers, data controllers, and sellers could face liability under the EU’s Product Liability Directive and the GDPR

Advancements in technology may provide consumers with a continuous stream of upgraded products, but they’re also proving that current security and privacy regulations fall short within the Internet of Things (IoT). New devices with unprecedented capabilities are challenging traditional beliefs about liability and consumer protections. In an environment of ever-changing regulations, how do device manufacturers reduce liability risks? In this hoganlovells.com interview, Christine Gateau, a Hogan Lovells partner based in Paris, introduces the concept of multiple sources of liability within the IoT. She discusses claims that can be brought against

Posted in Internet, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband

Over-the-air software updates for IoT devices present companies with product liability and safety opportunities — and challenges

Mobile devices within the Internet of Things (IoT) are continuously benefitting from rapid technological advancements. And once those devices are sold to consumers, over-the-air (OTA) software updates ensure they can be modified to stay current with new capabilities. Consumer electronics companies can remotely change product features, deliver messages or warnings, identify safety-related activities, gather data, and solve issues. But OTA software updates also need to comply with existing and emerging regulations and laws. Companies are wondering whether the availability and ease of OTA updates could also lead to a legal

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Helen McGowan

Cross-sector code of conduct for AI – a solution with substance?

On 16 April 2018 the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence published a wide-ranging report on the status of artificial intelligence (“AI”) in the UK. The report, entitled “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?” (available here), provides comprehensive coverage of critical issues relevant to the development and use of AI in the UK, such as the potential bias in AI systems; the need for AI systems to be intelligible; funding, education and training in the AI sector; and risk mitigation. The Chairman of the Select Committee,

Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband

Italy: Double score at TopLegal Industry Awards

We are excited to announce our awards in the two categories below in Tuesday’s TopLegal Industry Awards. Best Technology Lawyer of the Year – Marco Berliri “Among the Italian industry sector greater experts“ Best Pharmaceutical Law Firm of the Year “A team with an outstanding patent litigation track record“ These awards are testament to our holistic, collaborative approach and global perspective in the life sciences industry sector and our leadership in business, law, and regulation in all the key markets of the fast-moving technology, media, and telecoms sector.  

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Blockchain podcast interview: “The taxman cometh” to cryptocurrency transactions

Ted Mlynar and Ira Schaefer from our Blockchain-Smart Contract IPMT Working Group return to the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal podcast series following their first episode in November 2017. Ted and Ira open this podcast with a brief account of Bitcoin’s background and give an overview of the current cryptocurrency landscape. They go on to discuss the following issues related to tax: The 2014-21 IRS notification and how the IRS views cryptocurrency Related implications such as tax on trading, mining and capital gains tax Tax strategy for reporting and blockchain’s limitations for record keeping IRS

Posted in Internet, Technology

How to secure the right type of IP protection for wearable-technology products

From wristbands that count your steps, to skin patches that measure your sun exposure, a wide range of products are entering the wearable-technology market and raising new questions about intellectual property (IP) claims and protection. In this hoganlovells.com interview, Katie McConnell, counsel in the Hogan Lovells London office, provides an overview of the unique challenges market players face in the highly competitive field of wearable-technology. Among many other topics, she discusses the benefits of licensing other peoples’ patents; why it can be worthwhile applying for a patent, even if you