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Wearable Technology: Key Legal Implications

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Science & Technology

Course Description

From Google Glasses to smartwatches 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. Until then, a number of legislative bodies have already responded to the increase in technological innovation and their subsequent privacy concerns. In Spring of 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which imposes many obligation of companies that handle EU personal data, went into effect and has caused nations to reexamine their own privacy regulation.

The discussion as to the legal implications of wearables, both to the wearer and its entourage, is therefore of particular importance, along with the policies that are currently transforming the global and domestic regulatory landscape. Wearables implicate a host of privacy, labor, intellectual property and product liability issues. Such issues will be examined in this lecture, led by attorney Olivera Medenica.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Break down an overview of the U.S. Regulatory Landscape
  2. Summarize new data protection policies (2018)
  3. Examine the Impacts of GDPR at home and abroad
  4. Define what constitutes a wearable technology
  5. Identify the main privacy objectives and determine best practices for businesses and the main employment and labor considerations
  6. Explore the different intellectual property considerations
  7. Address product liability considerations for consumers

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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 Lawline.com, 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).


Christopher G.

The presenter did an excellent job of explaining the matters under discussion.

Scott S.

Very thorough

Joshua L.

I liked the examples provided. It was a good way to conceptualize the EU issues.

Linda H.

Excellent Course- Best Speaker Interesting Subject Matter

Whitney M.

great topic

Brian H.

Very interesting and a nice relieve from the mundane.

Christa J.

A very interesting topic presented by an excellent speaker.

Victoria P.

Fantastic presenter. Very packed information that was super useful. Gave great examples.

Alexandra F.

Very informative CLE with very practical materials.

Frank M.

Nice presentation.

michael g.

Great overview of the legal issues surrounding wearables. Lots of great pointers that I never knew were applicable to the technology many of utilize everyday.

Mark R.

Lecturer startled me that 800 million wearables in 2020. I had thought there were only Smart watches and Fitbits!

Lisa M.

Skilled speaker presented very effective, tight presentation. Thanks!

Sharon A.

Very helpful info especially about the EU

Christine W.

Knowledgeable and effective presenter.

Timothy Q.

Very substantive and well presented

Ann Marie C.

vitally important in this day and age

Belinda B.

This sheds light on an issue of growing concern as we use more and more wearable technology in our daily lives

Tamber R.

Well done and covered a lot of legal implications.

Dena R.

Great delivery & packed content

David T.

Excellent presentation from a lawyer who clearly knows this surprisingly complex topic. Recommended highly.

Richard G.

Informative primer, well presented.

Maria T.


Megan W.

Thank you.

Alexandra D.

Really interesting presentation

Matthew J. B.

Fascinating topic; sure to become more and more important

Robert B.

Great presentation!

R. Christopher R.

Fascinating seminar in a cutting edge area

Ann W.

Intriguing topic.

Alison C.

Interesting program

Karen R.

fascinating topic - thanks for taking this on, it would be great to see more like this

Jeffrey D.

Excellent presentation! The presenter made me think more deeply about technology security and its implications. Thanks

Cynthia K.

Very interesting. Thought this would have nothing to do with the area in which I practice but turns out it does.

Dirck H.

Speaker raised issues that I hadn't fully contemplated in this emerging area of commerce

Jeffrey V.

I would highly recommend this and other courses from the same presenter.

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