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An ON-DEMAND CLE program:

Hot Topics in Technology Law 2015

4.0 CLE credits approved.

MBCLE event code: 212146


Topics Covered Include:

Damien Riehl, a Senior Product Strategist with Thomson Reuters, formerly practiced in Business and Intellectual Property Litigation at Robins Kaplan.  His cases spanned a wide range, including technology law, copyright, trademarks, business torts, breaches of contract, antitrust, and financial litigation.  His clients included large businesses, small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals.

•    Top 10 Tech Law Developments in 2015
What are some of the most important technology law developments over the past year?  Notable cases and legislation span areas that include privacy, social media, copyright, patents, trademarks, security, licensing, and cloud computing.  A technology litigator will discuss the evolving tech law landscape, as well as trends that will likely continue to affect tech law practitioners in the coming year.

•    Internet of Things and Wearables
Currently "dumb” devices are becoming increasingly connected – to the Internet and to each other. For example, Internet-enabled thermostats, sprinklers, and door locks can communicate with cloud-based services like If This Then That (IFTTT) – to water lawns based upon the weather, or to automatically unlock doors and pre-heat furnaces when homeowners’ phones reach predetermined GPS thresholds. With such interconnectedness, what are some legal implications and pitfalls? When they malfunction, who in the chain of connectedness bears liability? What if a connected device feeds private data to an undisclosed third party? This session explores potential legal implications of this ever-expanding Internet of Things.
•    Digital First Sale Doctrine
Can you sell your iTunes downloads? Or pass them along when you die? Over the past decade, millions of consumers have purchased billions of dollars’ worth of downloaded music, music, and e-books. For CDs, DVDs, and paper books, those consumers can sell those works on eBay — or give them away — under the First Sale Doctrine. But for downloaded goods, consumers’ legal ability to sell (or otherwise alienate) those copyrighted works is murkier. Do purchasers buy those copyrighted works, or do they merely license them? If the latter, then can the consumer lend the works? Can they transfer their license to another? Damien details the various legal arguments surrounding digital first sale, as well as current cases that will shape whether consumers’ digital works are "bought,” or merely "rented.”

•    Computer Fraud & Abuse Act + Wiretap Act
Do the walls have ears (or eyes)?  How about your smartphone? These two laws go to the heart of our country’s (and our world’s) discussions about privacy, security, reports of NSA surveillance, and data breaches. This session discusses the relevant laws, cases that have interpreted their breadth, and recent cases that define the scope of their application to people and businesses.  If you’re interested in your clients’ data security — or your own — this session will discusses federal laws that were enacted to protect it.

Featuring: Damien A. Riehl, Attorney at Law, Senior Product Strategist, Thomson Reuters



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