[2-Credit CLE Seminar] The Internet of Things: Is the Present Law Future-Proof? Analysis of the Legal Framework in Germany

Temple Law Japan is honored to present Henrike Weiden as a special guest speaker for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic The Internet of Things: Is the Present Law Future-Proof? Analysis of the Legal Framework in Germany.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
18:30 doors open
19:00 seminar starts
21:00 seminar ends
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall (Access)
¥5,000 for attendees requiring CLE credit.
(Free to attendees not requiring credit)
E-mail tujlaw@tuj.temple.edu by the day before the seminar


  • The seminar is held in English.
  • Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most widely discussed upcoming trends in technology. Legally, it exposes practitioners to a variety of questions. To name just a few: In German law, there is no "ownership of data." Instead, attribution of exploitation rights has its legal basis namely in copyright law. Hence, detailed appropriation of information in the sense of access, right to use and to transfer, and the obligation to protect, requires contractual solutions along the value chain.

In the face of new challenges, data, privacy, and trade secrets are in harm’s way. Protection of data - technically and legally - is crucial to a commonly accepted IoT. Information technology can also increasingly cause harm. If machine-generated data is not "owned," who is then liable for corrupt data and for an accident caused by a self-driving car, for example? Insurance schemes also call for comprehensive adjustment to the digitized environment.

The present legal framework provides for responses to the majority of legal questions in the IoT context. In many cases, it requires a new approach to the application of existing rules and regulations. The seminar will shed light upon the most relevant ones and outline prospective developments in German legislation.

About the Speaker

Dr. Henrike Weiden, LL.M.

Dr. Henrike Weiden, LL.M. is a German Attorney, currently based in Tokyo. Here, she cooperates with Ochanomizu Law and Patent Office and with Arqis Foreign Law Office.

She graduated from the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 1995 and from Kyushu Daigaku, Japan, in 1999. She worked for the former Andersen Luther international law firm and for the Federation of German Industries, where she acted as lobbyist for intellectual property law and also as data protection officer. As senior regulatory counsel at Telefónica Germany, she was responsible for the implementation of new legislative specifications for data privacy and for IPR in the corporation.

Since 2002, Henrike Weiden has been lecturing in the fields of intellectual property law, protection of personal data and internet law as adjunct professor at Munich University of Applied Sciences and Harz University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She continuously publishes in the leading German intellectual property law review (GRUR) and in a data protection handbook for practitioners.

About CLE Credit

Attorneys who need credit should bring their state attorney ID number so that they can complete the necessary paperwork. Various states, including California and New York, recognize Pennsylvania CLE credits. However, attorneys are responsible for checking with the CLE board in their jurisdiction before attending the CLE seminar whether Pennsylvania CLE credits will count towards their CLE requirements and what their jurisdiction requires them to do to claim out-of-state CLE credits. Please inform us before the seminar if your CLE board requires anything other than a copy of the Pennsylvania CLE credit form and a certificate of attendance.

Note: Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.