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Internet-connected devices permeate the consumer and business worlds. As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands interconnectivity, it creates legal and policy challenges for companies that develop, manufacture, support, and use connected devices.

Covington regularly counsels clients on the full spectrum of legal and policy issues associated with IoT. Our clients range from multinational companies to small, specialized entities. They operate in sectors including aerospace, defense and national security; blockchain; electronics and IT; artificial intelligence; telecommunications and spectrum; life sciences; transportation (including autonomous and connected vehicles); media, Internet, and technology; digital health; fintech and financial services; energy (including clean energy); gaming; sports (including wearable technologies); and consumer brands.

Our ability to combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, and one of the world’s leading regulatory practices, allows us to create comprehensive legal solutions to our clients’ IoT issues.

Our cross-disciplinary teams bring together experts in areas including antitrust and competition law; communications and media; data privacy and cybersecurity; government contracts; insurance recovery; international trade; litigation and investigations; products liability; mergers and acquisitions; financial services; patent and IP litigation; regulatory compliance; public policy and government affairs; technology and IP transactions; and venture capital and emerging companies.

We help clients confront the range of legal challenges created by developing, manufacturing, deploying, and supporting IoT technologies, assisting with matters such as: 

  • crafting policies on data minimization, use, storage, and disclosure;
  • negotiating customer and supplier contracts, including warranties, notifications, end-of-life responsibilities, and limitations on liability;
  • monitoring and influencing regulatory developments across jurisdictions worldwide;
  • securing government approvals for IoT products and services;
  • antitrust and competition compliance advice;
  • insurance coverage advice, including in the event of disputes;
  • advising on diligence and investment in IoT companies;
  • negotiating licensing and transactional terms;
  • assessing and navigating international trade control requirements applicable to products, software, and technologies; and
  • conducting privacy and cybersecurity assessments on system and information security.