Patenting a connected object is not always easy and must take into account existing case law.
In Europe, a patent is a technical solution to a technical problem. This solution can implement a computer program, but cannot be a computer program alone.
In the United States, since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the US Supreme Court has made a distinction between inventions that are not patentable because they refer only to an abstract idea, and patentable inventions, which bring an inventive concept by integrating the abstract idea into a concrete realization, thus resulting in a significant contribution much more important than the abstract idea itself. The application of this decision by the US Patent Office (USPTO) is turning into a real headache, and the patent application writer must anticipate these objections to patentability by intelligently presenting how the IT solution is to make a concrete, new and inventive contribution to the state of the art. But there is no connected object without collections of data: the right of databases, which is an independent right, sui generis, sees its importance multiplied by the stakes of Big Data.
Finally, who says object immediately thinks of a design.