Industry Sector Insight

Views, market intelligence and trends in our industry sectors

Gambling

Data - it's back and this time it's serious

In the early years of this millennium, sports governing bodies, led by horseracing and football, saw data as a means of establishing a new revenue stream - in particular, from bookmakers and other gambling operators.  They were encouraged to do this by the 1996 EU Database Directive which came into force on 1 January 1998 and established a new intellectual property right in databases. 

29 July 2014

Gambling

Moving towards a European framework - the European Commission publishes its Recommendation on consumer protection in online gambling

On 14 July 2014, the European Commission ("Commission") adopted its pithily titled recommendation on the principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gambling services and for the prevention of minors from gambling online (the "Recommendation").  This is the first to be published in what was initially envisaged as a series of three recommendations proposed in the Commission's 2012 communication, Towards a comprehensive European Framework for online gambling. This communication sets out the Commission's action plan for improving the regulation of online gambling across the Union with recommendations on player protection and the regulation of gambling advertising. The Commission is due to publish a final recommendation on the prevention of sports-betting related match-fixing later next year.

25 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Standards

We have now seen the announcement of at least four consortiums developing self-proclaimed "standards" for communication between Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  For a class of product that fundamentally relies on interaction with other devices, this may be of significant concern to both manufacturers and consumers who face a divided market and potentially restricted functionality.

 

18 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Telecoms

At the heart of IoT and M2M devices are telecoms networks and services, be these mobile, fixed or Wifi or whether they use small cells or white spaces. Connected living requires spectrum, licensed or unlicensed. SIM cards are the holders of the information. The MNOs are a key part of the value chain. The fact that spectrum is finite or that 2G may be coming to a slow end in some countries is key to the success of business modelling. As is utilising experts who can apply deep telecoms expertise to all of those sectors who are and who will continue to harness and bring into their ordinary business functions the power of IoT and M2M. The invisible nature of many devices can create challenges, as can recognising the legal as well as commercial differentials between consumer and enterprise IoT and M2M offerings. A successful offering is about leveraging the telecoms market to ones advantage - and there is a lot to leverage; it is not about being burdened with compliance.

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: IP

In this revolutionary field technology is evolving rapidly and in new ways. It is therefore not surprising that large amounts of IP are being generated and protected by innovators in this field.  In a fast-moving area it is vital that companies who wish to succeed identify and protect IP as early and quickly as possible to avoid losing out to competitors.

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Media

M2M and IoT technologies are changing our lives and the way we consume media content. The convergence of traditional media and technology has redefined and shaped the media industry today.

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Technology

Technology is disruption and today M2M and IoT is amongst the most disruptive technology available. Our technology lawyers have been at the beating heart of disruption for more than three decades and bring wealth of experience to bear in new and fast changing markets. 

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Data privacy and security

There is never a debate on IoT and M2M without the mention of data.  Not all IoT and M2M services have a privacy component to them, but when there is one, it can give a detailed view of all facets of a user's life. The volume and detail of data collected using this telecoms technology does introduce new risks to security and privacy. There are different layers in the privacy evaluation, as the registration is not just recorded in the database of an M2M service provider, but equally in a database of a (mobile) network provider and/or in a home gateway or device. The sharing and combination of data through cloud services will increase the locations and jurisdictions where personal data resides. Data encryption and device authentication are key, as is the challenge of providing an adequate protection against false requests for information and protection against unauthenticated commands. User profiling or targeting becomes an even greater - and valid - concern.

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Corporate

The opportunities in IoT and M2M are driving a wave of investment and consolidation around the world. Many of the leading developers of this technology have established themselves in Europe and that is attracting attention and interest from around the world. If you are involved or looking to get involved in the M2M or IoT space our corporate technology lawyers are ideally suited to your needs. We specialise in acting on corporate transactions involving IP-rich and fast-growing companies.

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Litigation

With the evolution of telecommunications and the internet this new era of 'connected living' which is fast approaching us will bring new legal and regulatory challenges affecting industry operators. This revolution brings not only new opportunities but also the potential for disputes, for instance between corporates where the M2M world is used for delivery of services or in the regulatory sphere where personal data is moved across borders. We are experienced and poised to help organisations understand what their legal and regulatory rights are and how best to enforce them.

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Consumer electronics

Consumer electronics will be an increasingly important area in the years to come as the perceived social benefits are aplenty. Already, consumer electronics with M2M technology, in particular connected smartphones, TVs or speakers, are very popular.

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Automotive

Connected cars are already making their appearance. Indeed they will be the norm rather than the exception on the roads of Europe by the end of 2015 and will be increasingly widespread in other parts of the world too, including Asia-Pacific. 

17 July 2014

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and M2M: Digital healthcare and life sciences

There are three key factors driving the IoT trend in the healthcare & life sciences sector: the aging population (and resulting increase in patients), the rising expenditure for medical services, products, diagnostics and devices and the increasing focus on "the quantified self". 

17 July 2014

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