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. In this issue, we investigate what innovators can do to make sure their inventions are adequately protected in this space. We also delve into another changing landscape: the IP services industry. With myriad merger and acquisition deals being announced over the past year, the question needs to be asked, might consolidation damage the industry?