Internet of things

Ashfords advises on all aspects of digital infrastructure and the hardware supply chain. The rapid growth of the internet of things is creating large-scale business opportunities, allowing businesses to diversify their offerings and optimise day-to-day practices. We will work alongside your business to help you navigate the fast-evolving legal and regulatory framework and deliver your products and services to market with innovative and robust solutions.

Commercial and legal considerations

We have experience drafting a broad range of hardware supply chain contracts, including development and manufacturing agreements, semiconductor design and licensing agreements and OEM agreements. This allows us to react proactively to new challenges arising from the growing interconnectivity of devices.

From smart homes to smart cities, we are seeing increased automation and interconnectivity at both a commercial and consumer level, across a vast range of sectors.

The ability to exploit and share vast quantities of data is not only transforming the way that we do things, but also the legal considerations we must bear in mind. Data protection, privacy by design, cyber security and consumer protection are all crucial considerations for businesses operating within the IoT sector. We can assist you to navigate this legal framework and utilise the opportunity to enhance your brand image by prioritising privacy and security measures.

Our IoT specialties are complemented by the expertise of our intellectual property and patent teams. As smart technologies evolve it is important that the intellectual property rights in these technologies are afforded adequate protection. We can work with your business from the early stages of a patent application, through to later project stages such as drafting the terms for delivering your product to market.

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Working with us

We offer extensive knowledge of the technologies used to develop IoT devices, which means that we understand your key business considerations. We have a breadth of experience advising on hardware and IoT projects across multiple sectors, in particular Energy and AgriTech. This experience, together with the expertise of our intellectual property, patent and data protection teams, allows us to provide you with comprehensive legal solutions that are tailored to your business.

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