Whose Data Is It Anyway? Issues at the Intersection of IP and Data Privacy (Live MBHB Webinar)

Tues., Aug. 21, 2018 | 10:00-11:15 a.m. CT | Live MBHB Webinar via WebEx 

Today’s data driven economies make it is nearly impossible for a business to operate without at some point touching upon personal data. In recent years, individuals have gained increasing control over their own data and over a business’ ability to process or transform that data. And with many businesses specifically focusing on collecting, processing and transforming personal data, whether it be for purposes of providing targeted marketing or for helping a person find their ideal match, more questions arise as to which data is “owned” by whom. This can be particularly problematic when a company’s intellectual property specifically deals with processing or transforming data. With the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25, data privacy takes another step into the forefront of day-to-day business operations. This seminar looks at the often uncomfortable intersection between intellectual property and individual data privacy rights, and considers the following questions:

  • How, if at all, is GDPR affecting considerations of data “ownership” when collecting, processing and transforming personal data in the U.S?
  • How does the sector-specific approach to privacy in the U.S. compare to the generalized approach in most of the rest of the world?

  • Do proprietary algorithms for processing and transforming personal data affect “ownership” of the data?

  • How can a company properly respond to requests from data subjects pursuant to the GDPR or other privacy regulations when doing so necessitates exposure of trade secrets or other intellectual property? 


Presenter(s): MBHB attorney S. Richard Carden

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is committed to educating clients and friends of the firm with respect to significant developments and trends in the areas of intellectual property law.

NOTE: MCLE credit is not available for this archived recording. 

Access an archived audio version of this webinar here