A piece from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyers examines new technologies and the innovation risks in the fields of intellectual property, antitrust law and product liability. The firm’s latest Risk Academy expects IP litigation in the field of self-driving vehicles to increase with patent applications rising 330% in 2018 on 2011 figures. Another area to watch is clean emissions technology in car manufacturing and safety assurance approaches for driverless cars and commercial drones, which could risk stifling innovation. Finally, product liability rules are being intensively discussed – whether the present regime is capable of dealing with highly complex, interconnected products or whether, and if so how, it needs to be adapted.

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