SXSW 2019

IP and the Internet of Things


The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of devices, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

By 2020, there may be nearly 50 billion smart devices seeking to communicate and share data to enhance user experiences amongst the IoT. This paradigm shift presents difficult questions regarding innovation, intellectual property rights, and access to technology. Representatives from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and the tech industry will discuss the issues and opportunities in standardization and its role in innovation in the midst of increasing demand for IoT infrastructure in daily life.

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  1. Understanding of the state of the art regarding IoT and current IP standards
  2. Issues and opportunities in creating universal standards to increase access to the IoT space
  3. Relevance of IoT to small businesses and entrepreneurs


  • Susann Keohane, IBM Global Research Leader and Master Inventor, IBM
  • Hope Shimabuku, Regional Director, USPTO


Angela Nguyen, xOutreach Coordinator and Senior Patent Examiner, USPTO

Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry & Enterprise
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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