LawDownUnder is a technology law firm based in Wellington, New Zealand and Hamburg, Germany. LawDownUnder offers cutting edge legal advice that will help your business innovate and get ahead of the competition. We work closely with the IT industry and our expertise goes well beyond purely technical legal matters. In fact, our expansive experience in the IT industry sets us apart.
Often intellectual property is the most important business asset. Like any other asset, your intellectual property portfolio requires investment in order to increase its value and protection to...Learn More
Privacy and Data Protection in the IT Industry: Your information security is only as strong as your weakest link. We help you mitigate the risk of data breaches in order to best protect your assets. ...Learn More
If you need advice in relation to German law, we can save you the time, trouble, and expense of trying to settle your legal issues in an unfamiliar legal system. We provide advice on commercial...Learn More
Trademarks are key business assets and are an integral part of your marketing strategy. A well-managed trademark portfolio will help maintain your business's competitive advantage, attract investment...Learn More
We advise clients from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on international business transaction, international trade law, and foreign direct investment in New Zealand. We help clients settle cross-bor...Learn More
GDPR: cross-border data transfers Cross-border data transfers are indispensable for most international businesses and organisations. Almost all businesses rely on cross-border data transfers in their day-to-day business operations (e.g. electronic payment systems, Internet-based advertising, cloud based software services and cloud storage). In practice, this means that personal data is often transferred by the data controller... View Article
Is selling streaming devices legal? The European Court of Justice (ECJ) had to decide whether selling Kodi streaming devices is legal. The question at the heart of this case was whether the sale of the media players with the pre-installed apps constitutes a copyright infringement. For a copyright infringement to occur, copyright protected material must... View Article
This article provides a four step guide to GDPR compliance. Privacy and data protection may not matter to many outside of Europe. This will change in May 2018 when new EU privacy laws come into force coercing global businesses with clients in the EU to comply with the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR). The primary... View Article
The interpretation of an exclusion clause in a major commercial contract has given rise to a dispute between a developer and an engineering firm. The English Court of Appeal had to decide over the meaning of an exclusion clause. The English Court of Appeal’s recent decision provides useful guidance on the interpretation of exclusion and indemnity... View Article
WannaCry puts spotlight on privacy The recent media storm around the WannaCry ransomware shows that data privacy and data security are one of the most pressing issues that businesses are facing today. WannaCry ransomware freezes infected computers and encrypts their files demanding payment of $USD 300 in bitcoin in order to restore access to the... View Article
Privacy activists have long pointed out the security and privacy risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The latest WikiLeaks revelations have shown that these risks are real (Vault 7). State agencies themselves may exploit the lack of security in Internet connected devices to create their own version of a digital panopticon. Any militant regime would be envious to see... View Article
The European Union Intellectual Office (EUIPO) has launched an eAppeal system that allows customers to file an appeal online in relation to community trade mark and design decisions. An online appeal in relation to a community trademark incurs a fee of 720 EURO and an appeal in relation to a community design costs the applicant 800 EURO.... View Article
The smart doll “Cayla” is a very creepy example of the ongoing data security and privacy concerns that hamper the widespread adoption of Internet of Things. German regulators (Bundesnetzagentur) have removed the smart doll “Cayla” from the market warning that hackers can use Cayla to access and misuse personal data of children through an unsecured Bluetooth connection. Privacy concerns... View Article
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