Although the lion's share of questions in the 2020 Dennemeyer and CTC Legal Media survey focused on pandemic-related issues, we also revisited the central theme of the previous edition of IP Trend Monitor: the effects of automation and AI.
Some findings in 2020 were consistent with those of the previous year. For example, about the same proportion of respondents cited IP portfolio management as significantly affected by these advanced technologies: 77% in 2019 and 81% in 2020. Other areas saw major increases: While 58% thought automation and AI would affect trademark searches and clearances in 2019, 71% felt this way in 2020.
This pattern was repeated across several key areas of IP operation:
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