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Court of Appeal rejects AI inventor argument

19 Oct 2021
On 21 September 2021, the Court of Appeal handed down its much anticipated judgment in Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents Trade Marks and Designs [2021] EWCA Civ 1374 on whether an AI machine can qualify as an "inventor" for the purposes of the Patents Act 1977 (the Patents Act).

Shared data environments in the defence industry: the challenge of collaboration

28 Aug 2019
There is an increasing requirement for collaboration on major aerospace & defence projects in order to realise innovation and efficiencies for customers. As a result, one of the biggest challenges facing the aerospace & defence industry is how to establish shared data environments ("SDEs") that enable truly collaborative working whilst protecting the security and integrity of the data they contain. This is especially true in relation to the servicing of large or complex platforms, such as ships and fast jets, where it is common for support work and capability upgrades to be modelled on a digital twin by one contractor before being delivered on the asset by another.

Industry 4.0 and the regulation of artificial intelligence

28 Aug 2018
It is impossible to escape from the fact that technology, and increasingly artificial intelligence (AI), has transformed everyday life. It all started with how we play our music, but Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa (along with other similar virtual assistants) now have a daily interface with many of us. We are also, increasingly, now daily users of the Internet of Things (IoT) – connecting up smart fridges, boilers and alarm systems, each controllable from a smartphone. The everyday form of AI is almost unavoidable in the modern home, but, while not necessarily as obvious to you and me, there is also an ongoing, yet unseen growth in AI in the manufacturing sector. What is still lacking, however, is concrete regulation in place for the use and development of AI in the industry. 

Artificial intelligence versus regulation: friends or foes?

24 Jul 2018
As we stand on the threshold of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the landscape ahead includes developments in areas such as blockchain, internet of things, and nanotechnology: developments that are taking place at a faster rate than many of us are able to keep up with – or even easily comprehend.

Expectation or reliance?

21 Sep 2017
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust v Atos IT Services UK Ltd

A recent Supreme Court decision serves as a useful reminder about the importance of achieving clarity in IT contracts, particularly with large implementation projects which can be prone to teething problems.

IWATCH: lightning can strike twice

31 Jul 2017
Global technology giant, Apple, has had mixed results in relation to its attempt to register the word IWATCH as a trade mark in the UK, which faced opposition from Arcadia Trading Ltd on the one hand and Swatch AG on the other.