Regulators are questioning whether there are enough tools to tackle IoT and M2M, particularly as the scope of M2M services becomes even more international. Bodies such as the European Commission, the OECD and the Federal Trade Commission have all debated potential regulation to address the challenges, including the creation of dedicated standards to open up this market. Because of this 2014 is expected to see changes in the regulatory environment that will impact the whole M2M eco-system. In parallel there is an uptake in patent filings and IP issues around IoT and M2M. This talk will survey the various types of patent claims which tend to be used in this sector and give a brief overview of the standards institutions IP policies.