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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Technology Winston MaxwellJohn Salmon

EU: Are blockchain and data protection incompatible?

Since publishing the original version of our guide to blockchain and data protection in September 2017, there has been considerable further commentary from academics, politicians and practitioners, some of which suggested that there is inherent incompatibility of blockchain systems with EU data protection law.

This updated version of our guide puts forward our views on this question, offering a more … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Technology Winston MaxwellMark BrennanArpan Sura

Hogan Lovells publishes Demystifying the U.S. CLOUD Act

Hogan Lovells has published Demystifying the U.S. CLOUD Act, a detailed analysis of the impact of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) on non-U.S. businesses and individuals who use cloud storage solutions.

Demystifying the U.S. CLOUD Act was written by Hogan Lovells partners Winston Maxwell and Mark Brennan, and senior associate Arpan Sura.

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Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Mark Parsons

Privacy, Cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things in Asia: What to Expect in 2019

Increasing numbers of initiatives, devices, and solutions related to the Internet of Things (IoT) are substantially impacting the development of cybersecurity and data privacy regulations throughout Asia. After the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, for example, Asian lawmakers are considering strengthening their own data protection laws. The region is also characterized by a push in … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

UK Tax Authority tightens the screws on tech companies

When is an amnesty not an amnesty? When the carrot is the (possible) absence of stick.

HMRC announced today the introduction of their new Profits Diversion Compliance Facility (PDCF). This is a way for multinationals to take the initiative and explain their legal and operational structures before HMRC launch their next wave of full-scale “transfer pricing” investigations into corporates. The … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Technology Michele FarquharTimothy TobinMark Parsons

The Internet of Things Webinar Series: 2018 in a nutshell and what 2019 has in store for IoT

On 18th December we hosted the final instalment in our Internet of Things Webinar series for 2018 (more to come in 2019!). Michele Farquhar, Tim Tobin, Mark Parsons, and Valerie Kenyon provided a round-up of the hot topics from 2018, including key regulatory and legal developments in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, in areas such as connected vehicles, drones, smart … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Christine Gateau

Overcoming IoT litigation challenges: Will regulatory developments in the EU influence the design of connected devices?

How large is the market for the Internet of Things (IoT)? In 2017, the number of IoT products in use was about 8.4 billion. That’s a massive number, and a 31 percent increase over the previous year. And the market continues to grow exponentially; connected products are now found in virtually every area of our lives. So are regulations keeping … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Technology

IP in the mix: European Parliament adopts resolution on DLTs & blockchains

The European Parliament has adopted a non-legislative resolution on distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) and blockchains. In the resolution, which was adopted last month, the Parliament emphasised that the EU has an opportunity to become “the global leader” in the field of DLT and to be a “credible actor” in shaping its development and markets globally. The resolution discusses potential … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Ari FitzgeraldSarah K. Leggin

New Discoveries from Galileo? FCC Grants non-Federal Access to Revolutionary European Satellite

At its Open Meeting on November 15, the FCC approved a draft Order that grants in part the European Commission’s (EC) long-pending request for waivers of certain FCC licensing requirements to permit non-Federal U.S. receive-only earth stations to operate with specific signals of the Galileo satellite system (Galileo) without having to obtain an FCC license or grant of US … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Peter Watts

Big deals, big ideas, and big challenges spur TMT activity

This interview with Peter Watts takes a look into how intense innovation, diverse deal structures, and political protectionism are changing the face of M&A in the technology, media and telecommunications space. Peter focusses on the following questions:

  • What are the main drivers for cross-border deals at the moment?
  • What do you think has been the most intesresting deal of Q3,
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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Policy & Regulation, Technology Peter WattsRichard Diffenthal

Truth is subtler than fiction

The evolution of science fiction into science fact has become so prevalent it no longer attracts remark.

Technologies that once lived only in the pages of futuristic novels or the flight deck of the USS Enterprise – like the universally connected mobile phone or DNA editing – already surround us. And, from the driverless car to delivery by drone, if … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology

AI, machine learning & legal tech: The 6th Hamburg Legal Tech Meetup at Google with Hogan Lovells

On September 6, the sixth Hamburg Legal Tech Meetup took place at Google’s German headquarters in Hamburg. The Hamburg Legal Tech Meetup is an event series initiated by Nico Kuhlmann (Hogan Lovells). The gathering of stakeholders aims at elaborating new ways of adapting legal services to digitalisation by further enhancing interdisciplinary and inter-industry exchange in the field of legal tech.… Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Imogen Ireland

EU Patent Office publishes preview of guidelines on patenting AI applications

The preview-version of the EPO’s Guidelines for Examination is out now (link here), and, for the first time ever, there is specific guidance on patenting AI applications – Are there any surprises in the Guidelines?

Earlier this year the European Patent Office (“EPO”) held its first ever conference on patenting artificial intelligence (“AI”). Following intensive discussions on the impact … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology

Blockchain: A new frontier in supply chain management

The concept of human rights due diligence is at the heart of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UNGPs“) and is finding its way into a growing body of legislation around the world: see the French Duty of Vigilance Law, the supply chain transparency provisions of the UK Modern Slavery Act (and Australian counterpart), … Continue Reading

Posted in Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Technology Tony Lin

Smallsat Association Trailblazes Regulatory Path for Smallsat Operators

For many smallsat operators, solving difficult technical problems is the easy part of the mission; obtaining regulatory approvals is the hard part. The Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) is working to change that.

CSSMA is dedicated to creating a transparent and expedited spectrum coordination process through educational outreach, sharing best practices, and regulatory advocacy. CSSMA formally incorporated a year … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology

Data commercialisation strategy: A drill-down with Financier Worldwide

In this new article in Financier Worldwide, IP Partners Zenas J. Choi and Cullen G. Taylor take a look at how businesses should develop strategies to turn a wealth of raw data into valuable assets by harnessing the power of new tech and capturing the value that legal solutions provide. The following key areas are covered:

  • What is data commercialisation?
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Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Roy ZouAndrew McGintyMark 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 … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Technology

The connected home: From smart fish tanks to connected kitchen appliances, product companies must navigate GDPR and Product Liability Directive compliance, cyber risk, and other IoT challenges

In this interview, Hogan Lovells Partner Valerie Kenyon and Senior Associate Anthea Davies — members of our Global Product Law team — discuss some of the exciting opportunities and challenges presented by the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home. Manufacturers of smart thermostats and fish tanks, connected baby products, intelligent kitchen appliances, and speakers that connect to voice-controlled … Continue Reading

Posted in e-commerce, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Christian Ritz

Digital competition policy on the move: Price algorithms in the German Monopolies Commission’s spotlight – European Commission launches consultation process

Price algorithms are clearly the “talk of the town” in the European competition law community these days. Just last week, the German Monopolies Commission published a report in which it discusses potential anti-competitive effects of price algorithms and proposes far-reaching amendments to the competition law enforcement framework. Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced a consultation process with a view towards … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Policy & Regulation, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsPenny 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 Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Technology

The EU Commission is set to address the challenges of three-dimensional printing

Additive manufacturing, more commonly called “three-dimensional printing” or simply “3D printing“, is a truly fascinating technology. Whilst the first experiments date back to the 1960s, with the first meaningful industrial applications following in the 1980s, only throughout the last couple of years has the technology really gained momentum. Meanwhile, the market is growing rapidly. The European Commission’s forecast … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Penny ThorntonImogen Ireland

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 … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Richard DiffenthalHelen 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, … Continue Reading

Posted in Cybersecurity, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

TMT China Brief – Summer 2018

This edition features a total of 14 articles which capture various significant TMT developments in Greater China. These developments cover an extraordinary breadth of topics and demonstrate a strong increase in the nuance and complexity of TMT law and practice in the region.

Cybersecurity in China remains a hot topic. The Cyber Security Law is already in place but the … Continue Reading