On 20 April, Hogan Lovells hosted the second instalment of the 2017 webinar series on emerging issues with the Internet of Things (IoT). This instalment focussed on the potential patent law issues presented by IoT technology.
Dr. Chris Mammen, a partner in Hogan Lovells San Francisco office, considered how these issues can impact companies in the IoT space, and discussed what companies should do now to prepare for the inevitable disputes that will arise.
The IoT creates many opportunities for patent protection: from sensors and processors, to transmitters, hubs and servers, and even the processing algorithms themselves. Companies in this space must think about which areas are or will be of most value (and how these can be protected) and which areas have the potential to cause problems now or in the near future.
The range of potentially patentable areas gives rise to a number of issues which were considered on the webinar. These include:
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