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Computer implemented inventions in Europe and China

Computer implemented inventions in Europe and China

  INTRODUCTION Inventions involving computers - so-called computer implemented inventions (CII) - are one of the main driving forces of the ongoing fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Europe is a traditional player in this revolution, while the importance of the...

Can you patent… a new ball game?An IP look into Spikeball

Can you patent… a new ball game?
An IP look into Spikeball

  For fans of professional sports, it is common to hear the question “are you watching the game tonight?”. The “game” generally refers to a type of ball game. Depending on your cultural background or geographic location, this can refer to quite different things....

The non-patentable “pepper” fruit

The non-patentable “pepper” fruit

Not seen before - the EPO reverts its case law. The patentability of plants and/or parts of plants in the European patent system has long been the subject of heated debate. Nevertheless, for a long time the law appeared to develop incrementally in favour of limited...

Crispr hearing as seen by a trainee

Introduction Last week the hearing for appeal proceeding (T 844/18) relating to European Patent 2771468 B1, regarding the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, held by The Broad Institute, Inc., Harvard University and MIT, took place at the European...

China, AI and IP: some facts and figures

China, AI and IP: some facts and figures

It is generally believed that China will play and, indeed, is already playing an important role in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Unfortunately, in many discussions, this belief reduces to nothing more than an unsubstantiated hearsay....

Patenting blockchain

Blockchain has aggressively taken the centerstage of the fourth industrial revolution and is considered to be the driving force of the so-called web 3.0. Although blockchain’s claim to fame stems from its role as technology underlying the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, its use is not limited to the financial sector. For example,

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