Electronics & Electrical Engineering

UK Government ‘call for views on AI & IP’ response

AA Thornton’s AI experts contributed to the UK government review of artificial intelligence and intellectual property and have been monitoring developments. Mike Jennings and LLoyd Palmer provide this summary of recent government progress The UK Government has published the responses it received to its 2020 “Call for views on AI and IP” and published its… Read more »

Patenting in the Pandemic

Partner Dr. Lawrence King reflects on Patenting in the Pandemic and the importance of locking down innovation in troubled times in this article, first published in The Chemical Engineer. The importance of locking down innovation in troubled times TO MOST, A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent, published in October 1850, remains one of Charles Dickens’ lesser-known… Read more »

UKIPO “Green Channel” – can the patent system encourage more innovation in green technologies?

Partners Mike Jennings and Alex Bone explore the UKIPO “Green Channel” At AA Thornton, our patent attorneys have a long history of assisting innovators seeking protection for a variety of green technology including solar technology, waste processing and wind turbines.  Some of our clients were kind enough to share their stories with us, and you… Read more »

AI and IP – A report on CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee recommendations on AI and IP

Whether and when to change UK patent law to increase protection for AI This article follows the recent article ‘Call for industry views on AI and IP and ViCo‘   Introduction In September 2020, the UKIPO launched a “Call for views on AI and IP” (see https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/artificial-intelligence-and-intellectual-property-call-for-views ), noting the UK government’s desire to understand… Read more »

Jet Suits – Making Your Commute A Breeze?

Jet Suits – Making Your Commute A Breeze? The history of jet suits was discussed by AAT partner and patent attorney Alex Bone in his article last year. More recently, in August 2019, Frenchman Franky Zapata hit the headlines by becoming the first person to fly across the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard, the… Read more »

Legal update – UK IPO COVID-19 response

Legal update – UK IPO coronavirus response In recognition of the challenges individuals and businesses are facing amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has made certain temporary adjustments to its practices, to ensure that parties are not adversely affected in their dealings with the Office. It has also had to… Read more »

Playing detective with patent databases

Playing detective with patent databases It was recently reported in a wide number of news outlets that Apple might be extending its wearables range beyond smart watches, by developing a new product in the form of a smart ring. This is an expanding market which already has several major players including the Oura ring and… Read more »

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