Why the next generation of IP technology will be platform-based – Glen Nath, CPA Global, discusses the emergence of platform technology and how this will impact the future of the intellectual property industry.

It has been argued that digital technology represents the fourth industrial revolution, following the urbanization and industrialization of the 18th Century (first), the growth in electrical power for mass production in the late 19th Century (second), and the emergence of computing in the 1970s (third). The fourth revolution will be the most sustained, have the biggest impact, and influence most lives. There has already been an extraordinary change from the fourth revolution: access to information has been transformed. As waves of new technology – such as artificial intelligence and machine learning – continue to emerge, it is possible that the digital era could endure, leaving the world in a constant state of development and adaption.

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