Computer Technology

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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Get your patents IN: India – the next hotbed of fintech innovation

With e-commerce making up just 4% of the retail market, most of the population still yet to be exposed to digital disruption, and a start-up ecosystem only a decade old – India might seem like an unlikely location for fintech innovation. Yet, in May, Indian company Flipkart became the world’s...

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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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