The following TMT guidance note Produced in partnership with Pat Treacy and Matthew Hunt of Bristows LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term commonly given to everyday objects (not just traditional computing devices, such as laptops and smartphones) which are connected to the internet and share data with one another.
IoT technology can be applied to objects as diverse as running shoes, buildings, cars, fridge-freezers and drones. Using embedded technology, these objects can communicate and interact over the internet with each other and/or their environment, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.
This Practice Note provides an introduction to IoT technology and considers the following issues in relation to it:
The technology behind the IoT
Identifying the legal issues
Application programming interfaces (APIs)
Telecommunications and electrical equipment
Intellectual property rights arising in the IoT
Intellectual property rights ownership and licensing issues
Key competition issues arising in connection with the IoT
Liability and fault
The appropriate contracting model
Legal issues of the future
This Practice Note does not consider the data protection, privacy or security issues arising in connection with data collected, transferred or processed by the IoT. These issues are addressed in a separate Practice Note: Internet of things (IoT)—data protection, privacy and security.
There is no single accepted definition of the IoT, but, put simply, the IoT can be described as a system of devices that
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