The term industry 4.0 stands for intelligent products and flexible production. It describes complex systems and a profound interlinking beyond corporate boundaries. With our many years of experience in advising industrial companies, we can help you to recognise and solve any problems arising in this area in a pragmatic manner. Such problems can include an increased higher dependence on business partners as well as difficulties in determining product responsibility. moreless
Industry 4.0 is a frequently used buzzword. Amongst other things it means the interlinking of production with telecommunication and information technology. Mechanisation, mass production and automation are now followed by the digital revolution, the so-called “smart factory”. The product decides how it should be processed. Machines autonomously monitor whether they are still able to manufacture and order material or commission maintenance services themselves. The ever increasing interlinking of machines and companies leads to dependencies and risks and therefore requires a solid legal basis.
Several legal questions arise, such as:
Who is liable for damages to machines, products or injuries to persons in networked systems?
Is the manufacturer of a product liable for damages caused by defects which result from individual customer requirements?
Who bears the responsibility for the actions of autonomous systems whose decisions are not predetermined but are the result of an artificial learning process?
In order to answer these questions and to reduce the risks, companies depend on qualified legal advice as well as well thought out contracts. Not only does this require excellent legal expertise but also profound technical knowledge. Our team has years of experience in advising classic industrial and production companies together with equal experience in the area of information technology.
Growing digitisation of the economy provides companies with diverse possibilities to increase productivity and develop new market potentials. However, digitisation puts higher demands upon the IT infrastructure and security and necessitates significant investments.
KKP supports you in meeting these challenges through its team of experts who provide you with competent and result-oriented legal advice. moreless
Our economy has long entered the digital age. In order for your company to stay competitive in the future, your business model and internal structures always need to be attuned to digital changes. It is particularly important to keep in mind that digitisation is more an ongoing process than a one time transformation. It is the only way you will be able to use the advantages of digitisation in the best possible way for your business. In order to ensure that you are always legally well advised and secure in this fast-moving world, KKP has its own IT law department which comprises six specialist lawyers who can provide you with the advice you need. We offer reliable legal advice on all detailed legal questions regarding “digitisation” in the area of data protection, IT infrastructure and security, software contracts or cloud computing.
As a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data protection is of significant importance not only in the data economy, but also in all other sectors. KKP provides the necessary expertise and experience to ensure that your products, services and business operations are in compliance with data protection. moreless
Digitisation affects all areas of life and creates a genuine tide of data. A significant amount of this data is related to natural persons and is therefore subject to data protection law. The connection to a certain person is often not apparent at first sight. However, technological development along with its resulting capability to analyse and evaluate databases allow data to be connected to an individual.
Strict legal requirements, especially the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), make it necessary to examine, whether all new products and processes comply with the applicable data protection regulations. Experience has shown that an adaptation to ensure compliance with data protection requirements becomes more difficult the later the data protection issue is addressed. This results in expensive subsequent adaptations or risky non-conformance with the legal requirements.
Our lawyers are experts in the area of data protection and assist you to implement legally compliant processes, services and products. We examine or draw up contracts, order processing agreements, employment contracts, privacy statements and declarations of consent.
“IP” stands for intellectual property. The term covers all rights concerning intellectual property, i.e. not only copyrights, but also software user rights, patents, utility models, designs and trademarks. We provide you with specialist legal advice on all IP matters concerning technology development and marketing. moreless
We provide you with specialist legal advice on IP related issues in the field of information technology including issues regarding know-how protection.
Licensing agreements are essential for using software within a company. A license is the right granted by the copyright holder permitting use of the software. Licenses can be a large cost factor for companies, depending on their scope and number. Thus, licensing agreements should ensure that the company only purchases and remunerates the actual scope of user rights required.
We are happy to assist you in analysing your needs, reviewing existing contracts and drawing up new ones. Furthermore we guide you through your software project business and assist you in planning and building up an effective licensing management system.
Data and know-how are core areas of expertise
Not just in the area of technology do business associations necessitate a mutual exchange of confidential information. Contracting parties often need to give profound insights into their own organisations. This often requires the disclosure of know-how which is in need of protection. If this know-how is neither protected by copyright nor by industrial property rights (e.g. patents or trademarks), the other contracting party is usually free to use it if no contractual arrangement has been made.
Know-how and data are often of significant economic value to a company. Thus, contractual agreements are of great importance when it comes to minimising risks.
We analyse your individual interests and formulate and negotiate individual contractual solutions for you in order to achieve the best possible protection of your company know-how.
Cloud computing provides companies with new opportunities and is becoming more and more popular. Users as well as providers have to deal with certain questions arising in relation thereto concerning data protection, user rights and availability. With the help of our team we provide you with competent legal advice in the area of cloud computing. moreless
Cloud computing allows you to use IT services without having your own IT infrastructure. In this way, for example, data can be saved externally or entire programmes for the administration of client information can be run through a third-party-provider. The advantages of these solutions are obvious, as, for instance, an expensive in-house server structure is no longer needed. However, caution is called for. The usage of cloud computing can clash with the legal regulations in force in Germany. The issues of data protection and data security in particular should be examined on a case by case basis when selecting and implementing these solutions. We are able to provide you with the necessary expertise, as KKP is already one of the biggest law firms specialising in IT law in our region in Hesse and has six lawyers specifically trained in this area to deal with your concerns.