Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

Welcome to Crossfire

This blog is dedicated to technology and IP law. As on-line commerce and activity comes to dominate our daily lives, the conflict between new technologies and the law, national law and the global internet and privacy and the public domain become more and more acute. Whilst the technology is fast moving, the law struggles to keep up and courts end up trying to fit square pegs into round holes in an attempt to fill in the gaps. This blog is our attempt to help to keep you aware of the many new developments in this area as they arise and to encourage a two way dialogue.  We value your comments and interaction and look forward to an insightful and lively debate.

Matheson’s primary focus is on serving the Irish legal needs of international companies and financial institutions doing business in and through Ireland. Our clients include over half of the Fortune 100 companies. We also advise 7 of the top 10 global technology brands and over half of the world’s 50 largest banks.  We are headquartered in Dublin and also have offices in London, New York and Palo Alto.  More than 600 people work across our four offices, including 75 partners and tax principals and over 350 legal and tax professionals.

SCL Event Report: Irish Group Data Protection May Seminar

May, 2015

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On 7 May 2015, Matheson hosted and sponsored the SCL Irish Group’s breakfast seminar on data security and cyber insurance, which drew an audience of over 100 professionals working in the area of data protection in Ireland and the UK. John O’Connor, Chair of the SCL Irish Group and head of Matheson’s Technology and Commercial Contracts group, commenced the morning by setting out the data security requirements placed on data controllers and processors by legislation. They must maintain “appropriate” security… Read more…

Irish Data Protection Commissioner comments on social media companies in light of Google Spain case

May, 2015

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Irish Data Protection Commissioner comments on social media companies in light of  the EU (CJEU) ruling in the Google Spain case.  The case involved a Spanish citizen’s request to be removed from Google’s search index. The CJEU considered the ‘establishment’ test under the 1995 Directive, which states that processing of personal data does not necessarily have to be carried out where the controller is established in order for the Directive to apply – it is sufficient for the processing to… Read more…

John O’Connor provides an update on Data Protection

April, 2015

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John O’Connor provides a timely update on recent Court of Justice of the EU rulings and the requirements for certain businesses regarding Data Protection (i) New Test for Establishment for Data Protection Compliance Purposes As a result of the recent Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruling, many large US based technology, cloud and social media companies will be deemed to have an EU establishment if they have local sales and marketing subsidiaries operating in the EU. The European… Read more…

eBay obtains transfer of thousands of domain names under UDRP

February, 2015

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In eBay Inc v Du Hongxia (Case No D2014-2015), eBay has succeeded in securing the transfer to it of thousands of domain names comprising the well-known EBAY trademark, followed by a number and the generic ‘.com’ or ‘.net’ top-level domain identifiers (eg, ‘ebay002.com’). The domain names were registered by Du Hongxia and Liu Yujiao, who used a privacy service to conceal their identities. The domain names were connected to various Chinese language websites, some of which were associated with gambling. The… Read more…

Matheson hosts Society for Computers and Law (SCL) Irish Group seminar on data protection law

February, 2015

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To coincide with Data Protection Day on 28 January 2015, Matheson hosted and sponsored the SCL Irish Group’s breakfast seminar on the latest developments in data protection law. Speaking on the day, Dara Murphy TD, the Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs with Special Responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection noted that “Data Protection Day is the ideal opportunity to remind ourselves as a society of the need to take the protection of… Read more…