The spiralling rate of progress in research has made it possible for robots to become increasingly widely established both in the workplace and at home.

As a result of this penetration, a modern and suitable regulation of the robotic phenomenon is developing at international level in order to guarantee the security and safety of people, respect for privacy and the proper development of this technology in relation to rights and freedoms and business matters.

For companies interested in robotics and Artificial Intelligence, there are several areas of impact:

  • Industrial robotics, which has seen a wide diffusion thanks to the interconnection of systems and sensors (M2M communication) that go well beyond human perception
  • Urban robotics and self-driving vehicles
  • Medical robotics
  • Military robotics

Among the most critical issues, over which strategic and legal advisory must necessarily be proactive and precautionary, are:

  • Legal status (legal personhood, legal capacity, electronic personality)
  • Robotics market and consumer law
  • Robotics and labour law
  • Robotics and criminal liability
  • Robotics and intellectual property
  • Robotics and data protection
  • Liability management and robotics
  • Conflict management and robotics
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence

Robotics and artificial intelligence

It is extremely difficult to fully understand the socio-legal effects of robotics and artificial intelligence, since the creation of an organic and specific discipline is still in the pipeline.

On top of that, this will inevitably require coordination with the existing regulatory systems, designed to govern similar phenomena, which –however- are not well suited to handle such unique and disruptive technologies.

This intricacies and the resulting state of uncertainty in business decisions, requires highly specialized legal assistance, due to the critical consequences linked to the launch on the market of a robotic product that may not comply with current regulations.

We provide assistance to robotics companies and research centres as early as during the R&D phase, ensuring that the research and development of innovative products and services are compliant with the national and international regulatory framework, thus avoiding costly and uneconomical product recalls and exposure to legal and reputational risk, protecting the company’s own assets.