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Posted in Spectrum, Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Tony LinPhoto of George John

2019 CSSMA-SFCG Workshop, Pre-Coordination Meetings with Federal Agencies, and other Satellite Week Events

In May 2019, the Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) hosted two groundbreaking events at the Hogan Lovells Washington DC office. The first was a series of scheduled company-specific, pre-coordination meetings with federal agencies and operators designed to facilitate the shared use of spectrum. The second was a spectrum workshop with the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG). The events are part of CSSMA’s continuing efforts to facilitate discussion, growth, and education in the smallsat industry both in the United States and abroad.

Posted in Technology

Invitation: London Tech Week 2019 – “Yeah, we gotta take the power back”

Back in 1992, long before Google and Facebook were founded, Rage against the Machine were raging against the state of the US education system.  Some 27 years later, we are seeing global regulators raging against the relentless growth of Big Tech. Record fines are being levied in both Europe and the US for privacy and anti-trust violations. Is this consumer protection or purely protectionism?  What’s fuelling the zeal with which regulators are attacking Big Tech and can they keep pace with a world where AI, blockchain, MR and automous vehicles

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 Natalia Gulyaeva

2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide in Technology, Media, and Telecoms

A team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells contributed to the 2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide in Technology, Media, and Telecoms. They provided legal commentary and insights on TMT industry trends and developments impacting businesses in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The chapter “TMT Trends and Developments in Russia” provides an overview of mass media and online cinema markets, as well as technology and telecom markets in Russia. It addresses foreign ownership restrictions in mass media and the online cinema industry, big data collection, and use issues. It also

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 Advertising, Internet, Technology Photo of Dr. Ricarda BraunPhoto of Kerstin JonenPhoto of Dr. Martin Adrian Koch

Spring fever at the IP Lounge 3.0 on influencer marketing

On 11 April 2019 our Düsseldorf office hosted its third IP Lounge. The IP Lounge is an event planned and hosted by our younger associates and particularly addresses “Young Professionals” to provide a time and place to get to know each other and exchange ideas. This time, the hot-topic “Influencer-Marketing” was discussed. Dr. Ricarda Braun, Kerstin Jonen and Dr. Martin Adrian Koch provided a very interesting insight into the backgrounds of influencer-marketing, the legal provisions discussed in this regard and the German, currently quite inconsistent case law. Furthermore, Kevin Tewe

Posted in Technology

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 Intellectual Property, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Jane Seager

EUIPO issues a Comparative Case Study on Alternative Resolution Systems for Domain Name Disputes

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently published a Comparative Case Study on Alternative Resolution Systems for Domain Name Disputes which highlights the main similarities and differences between various Dispute Resolution Procedures (DRPs), analysing in particular the different procedures, fees, timelines and case statistics.  The study also compared the likely outcomes of a few selected DRPs in relation to various pre-defined case scenarios.  The objective of the study was to compare and contrast the key characteristics of each DRP and bring greater clarity for all interested parties. The study

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

Privacy and Cybersecurity April 2019 Events

Please join us for our April events. April 2                             Trust in data, no longer a luxury? Nicola Fulford and James Denvil will speak at the workshop,” Trust in data, no longer a luxury – Privacy, security, and consumer trust for 21st century,” at the Luxury Law London Summit. They will discuss some of the challenges of succeeding in a data-driven market that is undergoing global regulatory upheavals. Location: London April 4                             Global TEC Forum Mark Brennan will speak on the panel, “California Breaks New Privacy Ground (Again): The California Consumer Privacy

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Intellectual Property, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Consumer Horizons 2019 – IP in the mix

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,

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 Advertising, Broadcasting, Entertainment & Content, Intellectual Property, Internet, Technology Photo of Eugene LowPhoto of Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

Webinar: From homes to stadiums – Brand presence in esports

On 27 and 28 March, our global IP team will take a look at some of the emerging opportunities and risks for brand owners exploring opportunities in the esports market: from innovative advertising and marketing activities during tournaments and within games, sponsorship of tournaments or teams, to merchandise and fan items (see earlier post here). Esports refers to competitive video gaming at a professional level, with competitors playing matches in arenas with huge live and online audiences, accompanied by match commentators. The buzz and spectacle accompanying those matches, as well as

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 Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Winston MaxwellPhoto of John 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 optimistic view. In addition, we also address the key data protection issues that will arise in any blockchain project in the EU, including: Does the blockchain process personal data? Is a

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of Winston MaxwellPhoto of Mark BrennanPhoto of Arpan 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. The report specifically focuses on language in the CLOUD Act that allows U.S. law enforcement agencies, under certain circumstances, to lawfully demand data stored in foreign countries from entities subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of 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 a number of jurisdictions towards data localization requirements driven more by “cyber sovereignty,” national security considerations, and protectionist impulses than data protection considerations. Restrictions on the collection and free use

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 PDCF will be particularly relevant to groups with long established transfer pricing models which HMRC now believe need updating, and will allow groups to retain greater control of the process.

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Drones, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Technology Photo of Michele FarquharPhoto of Timothy TobinPhoto of Mark 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 phones, medical devices, and many more. They also provided an insightful look into what developments and changes 2019 has in store. Please click here to listen to the webinar recording.

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology Photo of 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 pace? In this hoganlovells.com interview, Christine Gateau, a partner at Hogan Lovells in Paris, explores IoT regulatory developments in the EU and their impact on litigation, explains provisions of the

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 benefits of DLT/blockchain in a range of sectors, including copyright, patent and data protection (alongside financial services, healthcare, transport, supply chain, education and energy).

Posted in Technology, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Ari FitzgeraldPhoto of Sarah 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 market access.