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Legal Implications of Wearable Technology

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Produced on April 29, 2015

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$ 59 Intellectual Property Law and Fashion Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

From Google Glass to smart watches and smart clothing, wearable technology has infiltrated the latest gadgets and trends. Although it has caught the attention of the fashion industry, it is still not at a point where design and technology meet to form an inherently appealing object to the most discerning of tastes. Nonetheless, it is merely a question of time before smart clothing, jewelry and accessories become the norm in our everyday lives.


The discussion as to the legal implications of wearables, both to the wearer and its entourage, is therefore of particular importance. Wearables implicate a host of privacy, labor, intellectual property and product liability issues. Such issues will be examined in this lecture.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Define what constitutes a wearable technology 

II.   Identify the main privacy objectives and determine best practices for businesses

III.  Explore the main employment and labor considerations 

IV.  Understand the different intellectual property considerations 

V.   Identify product liability considerations for consumers

Credit Information

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Olivera Medenica

Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP

Olivera Medenica is a member of DBM’s intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international, and litigation and arbitration practice areas with almost two decades of experience advising domestic and foreign businesses in fashion, retail, media and entertainment on transactional, litigation and arbitration matters. Prior to joining DBM, Ms. Medenica was a law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade. She subsequently practiced for fifteen years at boutique intellectual property firms in New York City.

She regularly counsels on trademark, copyright, intellectual property licensing and online/social media matters. Litigation counseling includes copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, right of publicity and privacy, defamation, and shareholder and business owner disputes in closely held businesses. Trademark practice includes counseling on risk evaluation for trademark use and registration, registering, prosecuting, policing, enforcing and maintaining a national and international trademark portfolio, together with representing clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She represents the National Endowment for the Arts on intellectual property matters.

Matters where Ms. Medenica served as lead counsel include:

Artist Blend Films v. Lightyear Entertainment (N.Y. Supreme Court): obtained and enforced judgment for film owner against film distributor delinquent in royalty payments.

IDT v. Unlimited Recharge (N.J. District Court): defeated TRO and preliminary injunction in copyright and trademark infringement matter against telecommunication competitor, and obtained dismissal of majority of claims.

Owrutzky v. Latin Quarters (N.Y. Supreme Court): obtained dismissal of all claims in shareholder lawsuit against defendant nightclub owner.

In re Bertina J. (N.D. California): obtained order pursuant to 28 USC 1782 to unmask author of anonymous blog posting for use in Swiss civil and criminal proceedings.

Stone Column v. Beogradska Banka v. Stone Column (N.Y. Supreme Court): obtained order for judicial notice of Cyprus law for application to foreign power of attorney.

Ms. Medenica has taught legal writing at Brooklyn Law School, and has lectured widely on issues dealing with intellectual property, business ownership and disputes, social media, and law firm management. Lecture engagements have included, the Federal Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association, the New York City Bar, the New York State Bar Association, Harvard Law School, Brooklyn Law School, New York Law School, South by Southwest Interactive, Cardozo Law School, the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan School of Music, Direct Marketing Association Conference (Geek-End), and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Lecture topics have included, among others:

• The Future of Fashion: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Wearables, Panelist, Feb. 2018, Federal Bar Association, Fashion Law Conference, New York, NY;

• Fashion Innovation – Breaking Barriers, Panelist, Sept. 2017, Federal Bar Association, Fashion Law and Innovation Conference, Paris, France;

• Negotiating & Drafting IP Licensing Agreements: Top 10 Pitfalls, Speaker, Oct. 2017, Lawline/FurtherEd, New York, NY;

• Wearable Technology: Key Legal Implications, Speaker, Feb. 2017, MyLawCLE/Wolter Kluwer, New York, NY;

• Contract Negotiations between U.S. and French Entities, Oct. 2016, Center for International Law at New York Law School, French American Bar Association, New York, NY;

• Legal Bootcamp for Web 3.0, Speaker, Oct. 2011, Geek-End/Digital Marketing Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

• Reconciling YouTube and Grokster: Business Models for Web 3.0, Speaker, March 2011, SXSW, Austin, Texas.

She has also written articles for a variety of publications including the New York Law Journal (“Justice is an Evolving Discourse”), National Law Journal (“Fashion Copyright Bill Analysis”), Ecommerce Law and Strategy (“Advising e-Commerce Business Startups: Beyond the Crib Sheet”), Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (“Does Liability Enhance Credibility?:Lessons from the DMCA Applied to Online Defamation”), and Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review and the Internet Law Journal (“The Immutable Tort of Cyber- Defamation”). She also co-authored the American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Fashion Design, and Thomson Reuters’ Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2015 Edition of Navigating Fashion Law.

Ms. Medenica is an Advisory Board Member of the New York Law School Innovation Center for Law and Technology, Fashion Law Initiative. She is also the founder of an annual Fashion Law Conference hosted by the Federal Bar Association, in New York and Paris featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes and Intellectual Property Watch.

She serves as Second Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association, having served as President of the Southern District of New York Chapter (2014-2015). She served on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Board of Directors (2009-2012), and chaired its Entertainment, Media, Intellectual Property and Sports Section.

Admissions: New York and New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Federal Clerkship: Honorable Evan J. Wallach, Court of International Trade (2001-2003).

Degrees: Manhattan School of Music (Bachelor of Music), Brooklyn Law School (J.D.).

Languages: French (fluent) and Serbo-Croatian (fluent).


Stacie F.

Very interesting and thought provoking

David E. S.

Really well done by an attorney who clearly has expertise and passion for this growing area of the law

Peter T.

Very well done program

Julie A. B.

Well-paced presentation delivered with ease and a passion for the subject. Knowledgeable presenter relays an excellent synopsis of cases along with the legal challenges in the wearable technology arena. Appreciate the supplemental white paper shared by this talented speaker.


Very informative.

Dawn L.

Short and to the point. Well delivered and informative. Slides were a great help.

Daniel H.


Kelvin B.

I found the presentation and subject very informative.

Andrew B.

Very interesting.

John E.

Clearly presented. Organized and informative.

Robert k.

She knew what she was talking about.

Jennifer P.

Excellent presentation and highly relevant for all of us going forward!

Haseeb Q.

Truly has a passion for wearable tech, and gave an excellent overview of the business cases, along with their accompanying legal challenges the come with the field.

Rebecca P.

Excellent overview of privacy.

Susan L. W.

Relevant subject matter in the age of the age of portable technology's every increasing advancements to smaller, wearable devices that contain more and more personal information in the technology and applications created to go with such. Strong program a

Frederick S.

Very professional presenter with a very informative topic. Excellent overall and would highly recommend! Thank you.

Alan H.

The Speaker was very informative!

Mark W.

Good CLE

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