Computer Technology

Food inspection technology

It is more important than ever for food and drink companies to think carefully about the protocols put in place for ensuring quality control. Fortunately, the rapid pace of innovation in the field of food inspection technology is allowing food and drink manufacturers to combat this risk by installing systems...

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An android dreams up electric sheep – should machine inventors have rights?

Since DeepBlue defeated Gary Kaparov at chess in 1996, the idea that human intelligence could not be matched by machine has been thoroughly undermined. At the time, it was commonly thought that chess was the pinnacle of human intellectual ability, which a computer could never match. Today, few would argue...

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How hostile is the UK-IPO to computer implemented inventions?

A frequently raised question in UK patent circles is ‘just how hostile is the UK Intellectual Property Office towards computer implemented inventions?’ Opinions within the UK patent profession tend to differ on this point. Some – possibly with particular experience in the financial technology space – hold the opinion that...

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Dispelling the myth that you can’t patent big data projects

Big data as a term is a broad church that encompasses a range of innovation. The technology itself has evolved dramatically from the relational databases of the 70s, through to modern processing techniques for unstructured and structured data. Today,’big data’ is often used synonymously with data analytics and data science,...

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Patent Eligibility tests at the UK IPO – before or after inventive step?

The UK IPO and EPO each take a different approach to patentability of computer implemented inventions. One of the most contentious issues in this area and one which is significantly affecting efforts to harmonise tests globally (see the recent paper from the AIPPI study group on CII) is consideration of...

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