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Call for industry views on AI and IP and ViCo

AA Thornton’s Mike Jennings joins the EPO, UKIPO and USPTO in inviting industry comments on the recent IP office consultations   The era of public consultations In the last 3 years, several intellectual property offices have invited the global IP community to express our views on what we need from them and from legislators. The… Read more »

Access to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in a Time of Emergency – Patent Pools and Beyond

Access to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in a Time of Emergency – Patent Pools and Beyond This article was first published in BioScience Today The pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is often accused of misusing IP to extend exclusivity and delay reasonably priced access to life saving technologies. The recent pandemic has focussed attention on the… Read more »

Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe

Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe AA Thornton and the EPO’s Director of Patent Law explained the EPO’s approach to AI patenting, in discussion with the IP Institute of Canada.   The UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the IP Institute of Canada (IPIC) invited the European Patent Office Director of Patent… Read more »

Videoconferencing tips for EPO success

AA Thornton Partner Mike Jennings shares his experience of videoconference oral proceedings   The European Patent Office (EPO) has offered the possibility of oral proceedings by videoconference since 1998, and in recent years has significantly increased their videoconferencing capacity in all of Rijswijk, Munich and Berlin. This has become increasingly important in view of the… 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 »

Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report

Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report According to the European Patent Office, for the first time in more than a decade, digital technologies have taken the lead in patent applications filed. Among the top technical fields digital communication (+19.6%) and computer technology (+10.2%) saw the steepest growth. The report, published on the 12th March… Read more »

Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19

Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19 Bosch have developed a rapid test that can diagnose COVID-19 coronavirus infection in patients in under two and a half hours, from sample time to result. COVID-19 is spreading at an exponential rate across the world.  An ability to quickly, easily, and reliably diagnose the virus is vital in… Read more »

F1 teams join fight against COVID-19

Automotive team member Stuart Greenwood highlights how the UK-based F1 teams are joining forces to assess whether they can combine their expertise in design, rapid prototyping, and high value manufacturing and production, to produce medical devices to help in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. More than 60 manufacturers have been asked to make up to… Read more »

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