The Technology Disputes Law Review: Editors' Preface

We are very pleased to present this first edition of The Technology Disputes Law Review. Science and technology have developed dramatically through the information revolution of the early 21st century, and artificial intelligence-led developments continue (some people believe this trend will continue exponentially and that artificial intelligence technology, or AI, is already advancing towards 'technological singularity'). Given this environment, technological disputes are becoming more complicated and require more extensive and deeper knowledge and practical experience. For technology companies and technology lawyers, a basic familiarity with international technology dispute resolution practice is essential to doing business in this area, and to that end this publication aims to be a touchstone for all practitioners in the field.

Whether the reader is a company executive or a private practitioner, we hope that this publication will prove useful in navigating the complex world of technology disputes and alerting the reader to important developments that may affect their cross-border business. Although intellectual property and system development have been the principal subjects of technology disputes, in certain jurisdictions, such as Singapore, there are emerging areas that reflect the most recent technology trends.

The jurisdictions featured in The Technology Disputes Law Review cover countries and territories spanning Europe, the American continent and Asia, including England and Wales, Brazil and Japan. We are very grateful to have the opportunity both to edit the very first edition, covering such a wide variety of jurisdictions, and to collaborate with the world's leading law firms.

We would like to thank all the contributors, who have been so generous with their time and expertise. Without them this publication would not have been possible. We also wish to thank our colleagues Robyn Nadler and Masahiro Ueda, who have been invaluable in assisting us in our editorial duties.

Hiroyuki Tanaka and Masafumi Masuda
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Tokyo
September 2021

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