IP and technology: Smart moves


IP and technology: Smart moves

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Smart devices are often not the product of a single innovation—they are more likely to be an amalgamation of components from multiple sources, so how are developers to protect their inventions? WIPR investigates.

In 2019, when it comes to making a home “smart”, the possibilities are endless. Since the introduction of Amazon’s digital voice assistant Alexa in 2014, the smart device landscape has expanded into all aspects of daily life.

A handful of examples include camera-enabled doorbells; the power to control your entire home’s energy system from a single device; and a fridge that can take a picture of its contents and send it to your smartphone when you’re shopping at the store.

With so many products entering the market, what can innovators do to make sure their inventions are adequately protected?

Smart devices, innovation, software, algorithm, third party, machine learning, trade secrets, Doppel, hardware, UKIPO, artificial intelligence, EUIPO