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Connecting the Dots – The International Product Safety Regulatory Landscape for the Internet of Things

As connected products continue to proliferate and products forming part of the Internet of Things increasingly become an integral part of our daily lives, regulators around the world are starting to question whether current regulatory regimes are adequate to protect consumer safety.

The policy developments that flow from this will be of critical importance for manufacturers of innovative products. It presents both opportunities, and risks.  Whilst on the one hand, sensible regulation, properly enforced, can provide important guidance on what are the acceptable standards of safety and performance, and can help keep rogue manufacturers from damaging the reputation of the industry, inappropriate or unexpected regulation can stifle innovation or, even worse, destroy the benefits of years of research and development.

This webinar, presented by speakers from one of the world’s leading law firms for new technologies, will help bring you up to speed on the current state of play, and give you invaluable insights into the policy developments that are starting to emerge around the world.

Topics covered:

  • The current state of play – how do current product safety regulatory regimes impact on product development and product launch?
  • The issues – what issues are on the policy agenda, and how are they likely to be addressed?
  • The future – what are governments around the world starting to do in this space, and where is it likely to lead?

On: Tuesday 26th June, 2018

At: 8am PDT – 11am EDT – 4pm BST – show in my timezone





Rod Freeman, Partner, Cooley, London

Rod is a highly experienced product safety and product liability practitioner, recognized in the leading legal directories as a “stand-out practitioner”, a “big hitter” and a “leading individual”. His experience spans over 20 years and involving products including electrical and electronic products, medical devices, machinery, chemicals, motor vehicles, toys, sporting goods and pharmaceuticals.

He is an adviser to many of the world’s leading suppliers of goods on EU and international product safety regulation, and product recalls. Working with an experienced international network, Rod has particular expertise in managing complex product safety compliance and product liability issues, in handling risk assessments and product-related crises, and in resolving problems raising pan-European and international issues.

Sarah-Jane Dobson, Lawyer, Cooley, London

Sarah-Jane Dobson is a Legal 500-recommended international products lawyer. She has acted in some of the world’s most high-profile litigation and regulatory matters for her clients during the course of international career spanning Australia, Germany, Netherlands (including UN international courts), Scotland and England. Her experiences make her adept at complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-lingual matters.

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