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.
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.
22 March 2017
Annual Brands Forum
Taylor Wessing will be hosting its 13th annual Brands Forum on Wednesday 22 March 2017. This will be an afternoon forum with an update on the latest law and issues relating to trade marks and brands, followed by a drinks and canapé reception...read more