On January 21 and 22, 2020, the 8th annual McDermott International Seminars took place in Osaka and Tokyo. These seminars focused on cross-border M&A, GDPR, intellectual property, global enforcement and other key topics. Lawyers from McDermott’s US and European offices, including Washington, DC; Chicago; New York; Paris; London; Brussels; and Munich, discussed these topics with Japanese companies operating globally. During the International Seminars, the Intellectual Property team discussed insights around emerging technologies and intellectual property. What follows are key takeaways from the IP session of the seminar. (See highlights from the full Seminar.) Technology Trends for 2020 Speakers revealed that technology trends in 2020 are likely to increase among six key areas: Artificial Intelligence, IoT, 5G, Autonomous Driving, Blockchain and Personalized Medicine. With respect to AI, the number of patent applications has increased exponentially in the...

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