Computer Technology

How the tech giants co-opted the world of open source

On 28 October 2018, it was announced that IBM will buy open source software company, Red Hat, for $34 billion. This is a landmark deal, as the biggest IBM has made in its more-than-a-hundred year history, and the third largest deal ever for a US tech company. It also moves IBM...

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Demonstrating how software can qualify for a patent through virtual reality

Along with artificial intelligence and blockchain, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have long been billed as technologies in development today that have the potential to transform our future. There were some false starts in AR/VR – for example the promise of Google Glass is still yet to be...

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Success of AI-driven healthcare depends on robust IP strategies

Artificial Intelligence in healthcare is undoubtedly having a moment. It is already transforming fields such as medical imaging where AI revolutionises image analysis, expanding its reach and improving overall quality. With the UK Government planning an AI revolution, healthcare AI start-ups stand to benefit, but only if they place Intellectual...

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Five key changes in EPO examiner guidelines relating to computer implemented inventions

The EPO released its latest (2018) edition of the Guidelines for Examination on 1 October 2018. This release includes a number of updates in the Computer Implemented Invention (CII) field. We think there are five key points of which applicants should be aware. Distributed computing environments The EPO defines a...

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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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