Partners Martin Zoltick ("Marty") and Michael Jones ("Mike") will present and participate in panels during the Internet of Things (IoT) Summit at Radio & Wireless Week 2019 (RWW2019) taking place January 20-21, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. The theme for this year's Summit is "The Internet of Things Meets the Internet of Space," and explores the essential role that space-based communications and sensor systems play in making IoT a reality.
Marty's presentation, titled "IoT and IoS Technologies and the Evolving Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Legal Landscape: 'Danger, Will Robinson!'" will provide an overview of some of the new data privacy laws, rules and regulations that are, or soon will be, in effect, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other similar regulations being adopted around the World. He will address some of the unique and challenging considerations in applying these new laws, rules, and regulations to IoT and IoS technologies. He will also outline cyber security and data protection best practices and compliance programs to help organizations comply with the evolving new data privacy requirements, and touch on the role of new technologies in mitigating risks and supporting compliance.
Mike's presentation, titled "Securing and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights for IoT and IoS Innovations," will present an overview of securing and enforcing IP rights in the United States, including an explanation of what “intellectual property” is, the different forms of intellectual property protection that are available (e.g., patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), and how to implement an effective IP strategy under the current laws. The United States has a number of legal doctrines that make it an excellent – and unique – jurisdiction to leverage patent rights pertaining to all aspects of IoT and IoS, including satellite and ground-based innovations, sensors, and transmission and connectivity improvements. Additionally, Mike will provide a snapshot of IoT/IoS activity at the United States Patent Office (USPTO), with a discussion of filing statistics, examples of IoT/IoS technologies for which the USPTO has granted patent protections, and USPTO rules and guidance applicable to this field. Finally, he will address a number of jurisdictional issues that will be central to many IoS disputes due to the varied technologies and physical locations for IoS, with recommendations for best practices and filing strategies to help avoid common IP pitfalls.