The Internet of Things Comes With The Legal Things

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October 23, 2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bennett Jones LLP
One First Canadian Place, Suite 3400
Toronto, Ontario

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Forbes reports that the Internet of Things (IoT) will become a trillion dollar market by the end of the decade.  In the consumer market alone the landscape is poised for huge changes in home improvement, office supplies, consumer electronics, online retail, and telecommunications. Think about the issues stemming from wearable computing (Google Glass, fitness and health monitors), Then there are telematics – where cars automatically track your driving habits.  Not to mention “domotics” – your Nest thermostat and smoke detector are always watching.

Lots of legal issues present themselves:  security/data breaches, privacy of data collected, allocating liability for personal injury, not to mention consumer protection and contract formation.

Three members of our legal community – Stephen Spracklin, Lisa Abe-Oldenburg and George Takach – have given IoT lots of thought and will share their perspectives on this phenomenon. George was recently quoted as saying “This is one where again the technology runs ahead and then law and regulations have to play catch up.”

Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30 pm.


Lisa Abe-Oldenburg is a partner at Bennett Jones LLP.  She advises on cloud computing, payment products and services, IT and supply contracts, outsourcing, privacy, Mobile and Internet law, web site terms, technology and social media policies, Canadian Anti-Spam law and Provincial Consumer Protection law compliance, business and technology acquisitions, intellectual property structuring and copyright licensing.  Lisa is the author of books, precedents and checklists on IT, Internet and E-Commerce Agreements and Web Law, and a contributor to Directors’ Duties in Canada (5th Edition), E-Commerce and the Law of Digital Signatures, and Nanotechnology Patents. She is also an instructor for the IPIC/McGill University Copyright Master Class.

George S. Takach is a senior partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP. George brings significant value to clients in their tech company M&A/financing deals, their sophisticated tech licensing, IT procurement and other tech commercial transactions, and their more challenging e-commerce activities, including projects involving cloud computing, big data and social media.  George is the author of three books: Computer Law, second edition; The Software Business, second edition; and Contracting for Computers, fourth edition. For 20 years he was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, where he taught a course in Computer Law.

Stephen Spracklin is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Sandvine Incorporated in Waterloo. He previously held senior roles at Cisco, Samsung, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Hewlett-Packard and EDS.


Cost for lunch is ten dollars ($10) for TCLG members and students, twenty dollars ($20) for non-members, payable at the meeting. Receipts will be available. Cheques should be made payable to the “Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group”.


The cost of membership for lawyers is fifty-five dollars ($55). The membership fee for students is waived; articling students and law school students may join the TCLG free of charge by indicating that they are “students” on the membership application form. Please see the online membership page for further details:


Please register before 10:00 am on October 20, 2014. Registrations will not be confirmed unless the lunch is fully booked. Substitutions are permitted anytime. Registrants who do not attend and do not cancel or send a substitute may be invoiced for lunch. Please e-mail registrations or cancellations to:


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