The 3rd IBA Silicon Beach Conference - All Along the Spectrum – From Start-Up to IPO/Exit
and Beyond was held in Santa Monica, California from 1 to 3 February 2017. We at ELZABURU’s entrepreneurship and
start-ups area (Legal & Business Department) had the chance to attend this
international gathering as the only representatives from Spain.
Bar Association) is the largest lawyer network in the world. The conference brought together
internationally renowned lawyers and expert academics, public institution
representatives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to analyse the legal
challenges faced by start-ups(1).
The conference offered interesting panel sessions and
dynamic roundtable discussions on current issues, latest trends and strategies for
developing, expanding, funding and exiting from a start-up company.
Of particular interest as far as IP is concerned were
the sessions on the legal implications of the development of mobile
applications, as well as those in which participants shared experiences in the
development of a start-up company’s effective IP protection strategy. Without going into a full summary of the
sessions, we would like to highlight the following debates and ideas:
The development and use of digital tools and services is growing at lightning speed.
Some time ago, we attended a vehement legal debate on
this subject, which constitutes a global strategic priority and an area of
intense legislative development.
sector referring to Apps of Things (AoT)
- apps which turn our day-to-day objects into connected, intelligent
devices capable of catering for a wide range of user needs, deriving from, and
made possible by, the concept of the Internet
of Things (IoT) – continues to be a trend, generating fresh challenges for lawyers
and developers alike, and in this market start-ups play a particularly
The extent of
personal data collection and exchange is continuing to grow significantly. People are disseminating an ever-increasing
volume of personal data on a global scale. In fact, we have recently been coming across unprecedented cases
concerning the implications of the collection of data and personal information
by new technological devices that are, by default, “permanently active” and continuously
recording, for instance, the voices of users within the private setting of
their homes. We refer here to the recent
privacy cases involving the intelligent device “Amazon Echo”, which includes
the new voice control system (“Alexa”), one of the most promising recent technological advances(2).
These incidents ensure that the debate on the meaning
and scope of the right to personal data protection, the new privacy model and
user security is kept alive.