Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Cybersecurity


Author: Simon Stokes

Today the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) formally adopted its recommendation on AI – the first intergovernmental standard on this area.

The OECD represents most major industrialised nations, including the USA, the UK, Canada, France, and Germany although China is not a member. OECD Recommendations are highly persuasive – for example the OECD has previously taken the lead in promoting data protection at an international level.

Read more: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (AI) – The OECD's new Recommendation and what it means for UK...


Author: Simon Stokes

Six Data Privacy Myths those outside the EU/UK need to be aware of...

There are a number of myths floating around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and EU/UK data protection especially when it comes to non EU data subjects and the use of non-EU processors as well as the obligations on businesses outside the EU. Here are some myths those outside of the EU/UK need to be particularly aware of.

Read more: Does the GDPR apply outside the EU/UK?


With the entry into force of the Regulation (EU) 679/2016 and the Organic Law 3/2018 on the Protection of Personal Data and the guarantee of digital rights among its novelties is highlighted the principle of proactive responsibility that companies must perform to maintain good security measures for the protection of the personal data.

This principle requires greater participation and involvement of companies to ensure a level of security appropriated to the possible risks.

To that end, technical and organizational measures should be implemented. Among these measures we must highlight the creation of passwords for each worker of the company in order to establish a protocol of access and ensure the confidentiality of data.

Read more: Data Protection: Passwords


Author: Simon Stokes

Electronic platforms such as Uber and Airbnb are giving regulators a headache. Are they just "information society service providers" under European and UK law – online platforms matching businesses/hosts and users (typically consumers) but not providing transportation or real estate services themselves? If they are just information society service providers then they currently benefit from light touch regulation and can operate freely across borders in Europe, benefiting from the free movement of services guaranteed by EU law.

Read more: PropTech, platforms and regulation: Airbnb not a real estate agent?


Author: Ben Evans

The UK Parliament is now in recess for Easter and with that the ongoing Brexit situation is paused. As it stands the UK will leave the EU after 31 October 2019 unless a further extension, to Brexit, is agreed or an agreement is reached with the EU as to the deal on which the UK will leave.

As we have previously reported here upon Brexit the holders or registered EUTMs will be automatically granted equivalent UK rights at no cost to the rights holder. This remains unchanged following the extension to 31 October 2019.

Read more: Brexit and your trade marks: "sharp practice"