Emerging Technologies Challenging Current Legal Paradigms

19 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2018

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W. Keith Robinson

Wake Forest University School of Law

Joshua T. Smith

Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dedman School of Law, Alumnus

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

U.S. patent law has made assumptions about where new inventions will be created, who will create them, and how they will be infringed. Throughout history, emerging technologies have challenged these paradigms. This decade’s emerging technologies will allow humans to create in virtual worlds, connect billions of every day devices via the Internet, and use artificial intelligence to invent across technology fields. If countries like the U.S. wish to encourage inventors to seek patent protection in these emerging areas, then a paradigm shift in the law must occur. Specifically, the law must clarify patent eligibility, recognize the increasing role of artificial intelligence in inventing, and continue to develop the doctrinal framework for enforcing interactive patents.

Keywords: patent, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, AI, internet of things, patent eligibility, patent law, technological innovations – law and legislation

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Walter Keith and Smith, Joshua T., Emerging Technologies Challenging Current Legal Paradigms (2018). Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2018, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 392, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3220440

Walter Keith Robinson (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University School of Law ( email )

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Joshua T. Smith

Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dedman School of Law, Alumnus ( email )

Dallas, TX
United States

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