Who are the lawyers who represent these evolutionary products? Clearly, there will be lots of intellectual property involved, but I say that the list goes on.
Here are just three legal areas that could relate to technological advances:
- Lobbying: Just like Google trying to get approval to put its driverless cars on the road, legislation may be required for many applications of a robotic arm.
- Liability: If these arms replace humans in various situations, what if they miss? What if someone is injured?
- Labor and Employment: What if these arms are going to replace workers who are the subject of a collective agreement?
Somebody in your law firm needs to be thinking about how the evolution of technology is going to impact both existing and prospective clients – and the practice of law. Most firms will ignore this, leaving the spoils for the forward-thinking firms who get their hands (human ones – not robotic ones) around all this and leave their competitors in the dust.
I invite your thoughts on this and all topics relating to the practice of law, either through the comments section or directly by email.