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Publications: The Extraterritorial Enforcement of IPR Rulings: Coming Soon?
This 4iP Council briefing paper highlights areas of concern in relation to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in Civil or Commercial Matters proposed by the Hague Conference on International Law (HCCH).
Publications: Patents in the Fashion Industry
Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4iP Council This article which appeared in the IPR Helpdesk Bulletin, Issue 29, April-June 2018 page 6, explores the growing use of patents in the fashion industry covering why and how they are being used.
4iP News: European companies and inventors file more patent applications in 2018 - EPO Annual Report just released
Demand for patent protection continues to grow: over 174 000 applications (+4.6%) filed at the European Patent Office, according to its 2018 Annual Report
Research: The examination of computer implemented inventions and artificial intelligence inventions
by Jean-Marc Deltorn, Andrew Thean, Markus Volkmer
Computer-implemented inventions and applications of artificial intelligence have become an important part of the current innovation landscape. This trend is demonstrated by a significant increase in patents filings in a variety of technical areas, from self-driving vehicles to applications supporting the fourth industrial revolution. The EPO, as the patent granting authority for the contracting states to the EPC, has developed, over time and in line with the case law of the Boards of Appeal, a stable practice regarding the patentability of computer-implemented inventions. This practice now also applies to applications in the field of artificial intelligence, where it offers a stable platform on which applicants and practitioners can secure patent protection for AI inventions at the EPO, with predictable outcomes. This paper provides guidance about the patentability of artificial intelligence at the EPO.