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Intellectual Property Rights and emerging technologies
Intellectual Property Rights and emerging technologies

While it is a frequently repeated mantra that the law struggles to keep up with technological developments, it can actually serve to foster rather than hinder innovation. As our articles this month show, the existing framework of intellectual property rights can do much to protect rights holders from threats created by new technologies like 3D printing. In many cases, these disruptive technologies create opportunities for rights holders and even, as with blockchain, make IPRs easier to record and enforce.

A Smarter World
A Smarter World

Stuff is getting smarter as the internet of things, some of which are 'Artificially Intelligent' to varying degrees, connects to provide new products and services and produce unprecedented levels of data. With the range of applications seemingly limited only by the imagination, there are, nonetheless, some prosaic issues which need to be resolved if full potential is to be unleashed. Connectivity, data privacy, safety, ownership and liability are some of the key pressure points which we look at in more detail in relation to smart technology this month.