Michael Vallance

UKIPO publishes research into AI patent filings

It will come as a surprise to absolutely no one to hear that investment in Artificial Intelligence has risen sharply over the last few years. This is supported by a recent report published by the UKIPO indicating the patent filing trends in this sector. The report shows that AI-related technologies...

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T 0817/16 (Google): Searching for a technical effect

Last week the Board of Appeal issued a decision holding that Google’s patent application 04784004.6 was unallowable on grounds of inventive step. Amongst other things, the decision contains useful guidance relevant to applications containing a mixture of technical and non-technical subject matter. The take-homes from the decision are as follows:...

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Investment, Brexit and the challenge of IP for the UK space industry

The UK government is investing heavily into space technology as part of its economic strategy. For example, this year alone, two separate grants from the UK Space Agency – worth a combined £23.5m –  have been awarded to Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, to develop a new spaceport in...

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Supermarkets: an unexpected sector for a tech arms race

When you think of a supermarket, you may think of fresh fruit, the fish counter, and the frozen foods section. You might not necessarily associate supermarkets with technology innovation. Yet, behind the scenes, the evidence suggests this is exactly what supermarkets’ research and development teams are working on. Some of...

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Asda suffers setback for fintech invention

Walmart’s venture into the world of financial services and suffered a setback courtesy of the UKIPO in its recent decision regarding Walmart’s patent application. The US retail goliath applied for patents in relation to its mobile payment invention in the US, Canada, Japan, China and the UK, and was on...

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