Marijuana and the Internet of Things, Part 1

There has been considerable buzz around the term “Internet of Things” over the past few years. But what exactly is the Internet of Things (IoT)? It is: [T]he network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity—that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Almost everyone uses

China and the Internet of Things: A Love Story

Just because we are now dealing with a slowing China economy does not mean everything in China is slowing, and it most certainly is not. I thought of this yesterday after running into a friend-client in the elevator of my building yesterday. Very loosely, here was our conversation: Client: We will be getting our [fill

China and The Internet of Things: Do You Really Own "Your" IoT Product?

China (Shenzhen mostly) is the primary destination for manufacturing of small electronic consumer products. And since Internet of Things (IoT) products are red hot, our China lawyers get a steady stream of China IoT legal matters. Our lawyers are often contacted when the IoT product has reached the mass production stage and is being produced in

China and the Internet of Things, Part 3 of 228

The title is a joke, but a nod to my writing so often about China’s role in the Internet of Things and our plans to continue doing so. How can I not when so much of my law firm’s new China manufacturing work is coming from companies involved in the Internet of Things? And when

Marijuana and the Internet of Things, Part 2

Part 1 of this series was on the union of marijuana and the Internet of Things (IoT). This post is on the legal issues cannabis business lawyers face in representing companies involved in the Internet of Things. What happens when you combine cannabis, whose laws are changing almost daily, with technologies that are constantly evolving as well? You

China and the Internet of Things and What NOT to Do

I had essentially the same call recently with two different European (one French, one Spanish) IoT start-up companies that might at this point better be termed “wind-down” companies. Their stories are an old one, and one we have covered and warned about at least a dozen times on here, including in a post directed specifically

China and The Internet of Things and How to Destroy Your Own Company

Many years ago, I spoke at a major technology event about how to protect your IP from China. I rarely use notes when I give a speech, which leads me to oftentimes riff on various things. At some point during that speech, I mentioned how technology companies were our dumbest clients when it comes to

Breaking News: California Passes First Internet of Things (“IoT”) Law

Two years ago, we published a series of posts about the cannabis industry’s embrace of the Internet of Things (“IoT”)—the network of physical objects connected through the Internet—for use in everything from garden sensors to dispensers. In that same series, we also discussed some of the potential legal risks and ramifications of using the IoT

The Internet of Things and California Proposition 65

Most IoT products are made in China and most of those IoT products are then sold in the United States, including California. It therefore bears mentioning that California Governor Jerry Brown last week approved SB-327, the first information security law in the U.S. specifically targeting the IoT. SB-327 will take effect on January 1, 2020