The rapid unfolding of the "Internet of Things" in industrial production creates new challenges for establishing and enforcing intellectual property rights.
A case in point is the increasing interdependency and interlocking of the fields of mechanical engineering and communications technology, which calls for close cooperation of patent attorneys specialized in the respective fields.
It is already evident that in the fields of industrial engineering, automotive engineering, or robotics the importance of issues of networked electronic communication (especially interfaces and encryption) is growing. In these areas, intellectual property protection can no longer afford to limit itself to mere protection of mechanical parts and devices. Good patent protection can help you create an effective edge over your competitors in this quickly emerging technology.