Wearable Computers and Intellectual Property Law

About the Course: Truly unique.     Truly fascinating.     Truly unnerving. The approaching wave of wearable computers presents numerous and momentous concerns for intellectual property professionals. For instance, patent drafters and prosecutors must take extra vigilance in safeguarding their patent applications because passersby will be able to easily view and record proprietary documents. As wearable computers usher in the convergence of a variety of technologies, telecom and Internet service providers may be among the companies that must grapple with new product liability issues. Also, because wearable computers will often be operated by voice command, existing patents geared towards interacting with computers may be designed-around by the proliferation of patents written for voice-operated wearable computers. Among the other issues discussed during this session are: Where does the intersection of wearable computers and the Economic Espionage Act lie? Are wearable computer companies more likely to patent their inventions or classify them as trade secrets? What might the value of design patents be relative to utility patents as far as wearable computers go? What is happening as far as patenting hand gestures? What are some of the most pressing privacy issues in relation to wearable computers? How prepared are patent examiners to review wearable computer patent applications? Which privacy and data laws will control when devices and cloud data repositories are located in different countries? What are the security concerns connected with wearable computers? What obligations will wearable computer companies have to make information they collect anonymous? Which wearable computers for medical applications will be classified as hardware versus software? Course Leader: Giulio Corraggio, Senior Counsel, DLA Piper Giulio Coraggio is a senior counsel in the Intellectual Property & Technology department and is based in Milan office. He is recognized as one of the most distinguished experts in Italy in the online and brick and mortar gaming and gambling sector and has also achieved a strong expertise in advising world leading operators on Internet law issues as well as on e-commerce, e-payment deals, information technology, privacy and data protection, telecommunications, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising. Likewise, he has obtained substantial experience in drafting international commercial and technology contracts, including sourcing, outsourcing and software license agreements, sponsorship agreements, product and service supply, distribution and franchising agreements also in the fashion sector. Giulio gained his law degree from the University of Naples and an LL.M in Computer and Communications Law from the Queen Mary College of London and he is admitted to the practice in both Italy and England and Wales. Course Length: Approx. 1.0 hours
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