November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

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November 11, 2019

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Top 5 Takeaways on the GDPR

We live in a new world of EU privacy rules shaking US businesses. As of 10 months ago, many of you had not heard about the GDPR when we explained how the GDPR applies to US companies. By now your company may be on its way to GDPR compliance (but beware: see takeaway #3 below).

For those of us who have been immersed in GDPR compliance projects over the last year, it was refreshing to hear so many of our colleagues, family members and news outlets around the world pay attention to the GDPR on May 25th. But we also heard a lot of misunderstandings about the GDPR. Here are our five takeaways from the past year:

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About this Author

Theodore Claypoole, Intellectual Property Attorney, Womble Carlyle, private sector lawyer, data breach legal counsel, software development law
Senior Partner

As a Partner of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ted leads the firm’s IP Transaction Team, as well as data breach incident response teams in the public and private sectors. Ted addressed information security risk management, and cross-border data transfer issue, including those involving the European Union and the Data Protection Safe Harbor. He also negotiates and prepares business process outsourcing, distribution, branding, software development, hosted application and electronic commerce agreements for all types of companies.


Orla M. O'Hannaidh, Womble Carlyle, Intellectual Property Attorney, Technology Commercialization Lawyer

Orla O’Hannaidh is an associate in Womble Carlyle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a member of the firm’s IP Transactions Team. Her practice focuses on drafting and reviewing a broad variety of contracts involving the use and commercialization of intellectual property and technology. Orla also practices in the areas of copyright, marketing, sweepstakes and promotions law. Before joining Womble Carlyle, Orla worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Washington D.C. and Dublin, Ireland. Orla gained significant experience in government relations and negotiations. Orla also received a Masters in International Relations and served as a summer clerk for Justice Paul Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court. 

Taylor Ey, Intellectual property attorney, Womble Carlyle, Law Firm

Taylor is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Womble Carlyle’s Research Triangle Park Office.


J.D. | 2016 | Wake Forest University School of Law | cum laude | Notes and Comments Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2015-2016 | Teaching Assistant, Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I & II, Writing for Judicial Chambers

M.S. |2012 | The Ohio State University | Biomedical Engineering

B.S. | 2011 | The Ohio State University | Biomedical Engineering | Minor, Life Sciences | cum laude