Global Perspectives

Pending Legislation Seeks to Secure Federal Government IoT

A recent Senate bill is yet another signal of the federal government’s increasing focus on the security of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, introduced by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), seeks to impose heightened security standards on all IoT devices procured by any federal agency. Detractors of the legislation point to vague language and the large number of exceptions in questioning how much this bill actually does to improve cybersecurity. However, if enacted, the expectations regarding the security of IoT devices as set forth in the legislation could be interpreted by courts as the minimal floor for any IoT product sold to the federal government and, potentially, sold commercially.

Luxury brands can ban resale on third party websites Euro Court judgment

As widely expected, the European Court has followed the opinion of its Advocate General (see our previous alert) and upheld a clause in a selective distribution agreement for Coty cosmetics which prevents authorised retailers from selling Coty products on any third party websites.

PPP in the Middle East: A Candid Discussion

Partner Simon Harvey in Reed Smith's Dubai office is interviewed by Sunil Mashari, Business Development lead for Reed Smith in the Middle East, on what PPP projects are, the nuances surrounding them, and more importantly, why we are hearing so much about them.


Singapore High Court finds arbitration agreement rendered inoperative by repudiatory breach

This client alert was originally published in Practical Law Arbitration. Reproduced with permission.  This client alert is co-written by Reed Smith Pte Ltd and Resource Law LLC who together form the Reed Smith Resource Law Alliance in Singapore. Reed Smith Pte Ltd is licensed to operate as a foreign law practice in Singapore. Where advice on Singapore law is required, we will refer the matter to and work with licensed Singapore law practices where necessary.

In Heartronics Corp v EPI Life Pte Ltd and others [2017] SGHCR 17, the Singapore High Court considered the interpretation of a mediation-arbitration clause and whether a repudiatory breach by one party of such a clause rendered  the arbitration agreement within that clause inoperative. 


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The Collaborative Decade

Welcome to the Reed Smith Conversations, a new podcast from Reed Smith, produced by Wf360 productions. Reed Smith Conversations is a four-part series, each a highly interactive discussion on a topic of importance to all of us, perhaps now more than ever. In each episode, you’ll hear from people who may shake up your thinking on issues you thought you already knew well.