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On 23rd March, the UK Government published its response to a call for views on methods of protecting AI and other programme-generated creations that would not otherwise be protected under current legislation. The call for views focused on a number of areas of consideration, including patents, copyright, designs, trade marks, and trades secrets. Whilst the responses generally indicated a positive outlook towards AI and creativity, the Government was also warned that further development of the…
In 2018, we published an article setting out Ofcom’s commitment to supporting investment in full fibre broadband and highlighted changes Ofcom was planning to introduce to applicable market regulation to support investment in fibre networks. Market regulation in the wholesale fixed telecommunications market set out in our article fell away on 1 April 2021, and on 18 March 2021 Ofcom released its decision for regulation of the wholesale fixed telecommunications market from April 2021 until…
Samer (Sam) Zabaneh serves as US co-chair for DLA Piper’s Technology Sector and has been practicing law for more than 20 years. He focuses primarily on corporate, securities and M&A. Within those practices, Sam advises public and emerging private companies and their venture capital and private equity investors through the life cycle of the company, from formation to liquidity. Sam is one of the participants in the firm’s upcoming Global Technology Summit. Launched in 2008,…
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. Interestingly, there is no single consolidated definition of AI, and as a label, it is used imprecisely. For those that fear we are at the stage of robots genuinely thinking for themselves, we aren’t – but there has been a significant shift beyond simple algorithms i.e. computer software programmed to to identify patterns and automate repetitive functions. Most of us now encounter AI on a daily basis without…
Victoria Lee co-leads DLA Piper’s Global Technology Sector and has been practicing law at DLA Piper for more than 25 years. She focuses on representation of emerging growth and public companies in complex technology and commercial transactions in the technology sector, as well as a variety of other industry sectors. Vicky is one of the guiding partners behind the firm’s Global Technology Summit. Launched in 2008, the award-winning Summit has brought together business leaders, visionary…
In March 2020, the UK Government stated its plan in the 2020-2021 budget to dedicate £5 billion of government funding to support securing gigabit capable broadband in every home in the UK by the end of 2025. Last Friday on 19 March, the UK Government announced Project Gigabit, the Government’s plan for nationwide coverage of gigabit-capable Broadband, and an updated target of ensuring at least 85% of the country has gigabit connectivity coverage by 2025.…
By: Tony Samp, Steven R. Phillips and Ignacio E. Sanchez As the Biden administration staffs up and Capitol Hill lawmakers begin to contemplate post-pandemic priorities, countering China’s advances in artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies has emerged as a major driving force for US policymakers. While Washington sees maintaining and extending US leadership in technological innovation as a vital national security imperative, progressive elements of the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate may…
Last week, the UK Government published its response to the December 2020 Report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, “AI in the UK: No Room for Complacency” (“HoL Report”). The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, chaired by Lord Tim Clement-Jones, examined the progress made by the Government to date in implementing the recommendations from its previous 2018 Report (“AI in the UK: ready, willing and
Hard or soft law? That the regulation of Artificial intelligence is a hot topic is hardly surprising. AI is being adopted at speed, news reports frequently appear about high-profile AI decision-making, and the sheer volume of guidance and regulatory proposals for interested parties to digest can seem challenging. Where are we now? What can we expect in terms of future regulation? And what might compliance with “ethical” AI entail? High-level ethical AI principles were made…
The senior leadership that will be responsible for white collar enforcement under the Biden Administration is starting to crystalize. In January 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced several key nominations for the US Department of Justice (DOJ), including DC Circuit Judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General, veteran prosecutor Lisa Monaco for Deputy Attorney General, and Gary Gensler – former Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – for Chair of the US Securities…