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The role of AI in IP

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around since the 1960s. Although it still sounds futuristic as a concept, it’s something that is becoming more entrenched in every day life. The chief benefit of AI is its ability to analyse and manipulate… Continue Reading →

Apple Patents Technology to Dial 999 in an Emergency via Fingerprint

Although 999 is a short and easy emergency telephone number for anyone to remember, no matter their age, it is not always possible for an individual to dial the number safely without putting themselves in danger if they are with… Continue Reading →

Land Rover’s Latest Patent Has Military Technology!

Land Rover recently patented a central tyre inflation system which aims to make going go off-road easier, improve fuel economy and correct tyre pressure for gradual wear and tear over time. Although similar technology already exists in military vehicles, what… Continue Reading →

Walmart’s granted patent will track when products are low and reorder them for you

American multinational retail corporation Walmart was recently granted a patent that will track when customer’s products are getting low at home and then automatically reorder those products for customers.  The technology would also be able to track how frequently products… Continue Reading →

Sony Patents Contact Lens That Can Take Videos

Sony has patented a contact lens that can take videos of what you see.  Embedded sensors in the contact lens’ pick up on voluntary as opposed to involuntary blinks which trigger the video recording.  Image capture and storage will be… Continue Reading →

Google’s Security System that Knows When You’re Away From Home!

Google recently filed 2 patent applications (9,508,247 and 9,508,250) for an advanced home security system. Google’s security system relies on new arm and disarm technology which is very different to how people’s household alarm systems currently work. Current security systems… Continue Reading →

Disney Patents Software for Customized Theme Park Attraction Experiences – Scary or Tame Ride? – Your Data Will Decide!

Disney recently received a patent for software described as “Sensing and Managing Vehicle Behaviour Based on Occupant Awareness.”  The patent alludes to a system with the ability to combine facial recognition with established preferences (stored on a device containing guests’ data… Continue Reading →

The UK Ranks Third in the Global Innovation Index 2016

The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual index (first compiled in 2007) which ranks countries based on their innovative status.  The GII index is based on subjective and objective data from sources including the International Telecommunication Union, the World… Continue Reading →

The Most and Least Inventive Cities in Europe

2011 data from the European Patent Office (EPO) shows that Europe is a hub of innovation. The most innovative European cities include: Eindhoven, the Netherlands: 250 patent applications per 100,000 people Regensburg, Germany: 83.8 applications per 100,000 people. Aachen, Germany… Continue Reading →

Scientists Battle Ownership of Patents for Gene-Editing Tool

A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 allows scientists to make precise edits in DNA that could lead to new medical therapies, research tools and new crop varieties.  This has been called the biggest biotechnology breakthrough in the past 30 or 40 years… Continue Reading →

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