The European Patent Office (EPO) has a stable and structured approach to patenting computer-implemented inventions. But how do AI/ML inventions fit in? This is a recording of my talk at the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) Annual Conference 2021: https://youtu.be/k7hft01QyfM Many thanks to Alex Pokot for hosting the panel, to my co-panelists Kenny Ko … Continue reading AI/ML patents at the EPO 🔴 [RECORDING]
IP managers in in-house patent departments often ask me: "How do I get the inventors to write better invention disclosures for software-based inventions?" The answer is simple: In the end, it's all about convincing the patent examiner that you created a non-obvious solution to a technical problem. But the devil is in the details. The … Continue reading How to write the perfect software invention disclosure report
This is an examination appeal around EP 2 776 993 "METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN ELECTRONIC PAYMENT CERTIFICATE". The applicant is Otto Group Solution Provider GmbH, a German IT service provider for companies in omnichannel retail, logistics and e-commerce. The invention concerns the systematic storing and analyzing of electronic and printed payment certificates which document purchases … Continue reading T 0977/17—Patenting the prediction of future user purchases?
This is an examination appeal around EP 1 397 753 "COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH NATURAL LANGUAGE TO MACHINE LANGUAGE TRANSLATOR". The invention relates to translating natural (human) language into an abstract formal language. The formal language then serves as a universal template for further translations into various machine languages, e.g., SQL or SMTPL. Fig. 2 of … Continue reading T 2825/19—Which technical considerations are needed for software inventions?
I've already shared my slide deck, so today I want to share a recording from my in-house inventor training on "How to write the perfect invention disclosure for a software invention": https://youtu.be/t61Xr4Uvszc Is your patent department stuggling to get proper invention disclosures out of the developers? Then let’s talk about an inventor training. Reach out … Continue reading 🔴 Inventor training workshop recording
This is an examination appeal against the refusal of EP 2 976 719 "ESTIMATING VISIBILITY OF CONTENT ITEMS" by Google. I find this decision very interesting because it is one of the first to build upon G1/19. Specifically, it deals with the question which interactions are technical on the input side of a software invention. … Continue reading T 1422/19—Are indirect measurements technical? (one of the first applications of G1/19)
This is an examination appeal against the refusal of EP 1 774 463 "DYNAMIC BUSINESS METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIRECT MARKETING". The decision is a nice reminder of how the COMVIK approach for mixed-type invention works at the EPO. It confirms that the implementation of a non-technical method with conventional technology can't rescue the case. … Continue reading T 1141/17—Automatic selection of a marketing script
This is an opposition appeal around EP 1 889 513 "COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS AUDIO DEVICES". The patentee is US-based Starkey Laboratories, Inc., one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world and a very active patent filer. The board of appeal's decision dealt with a situation that often occurs in patent prosecution. Once … Continue reading T 2764/19—Can an arbitrary difference be non-obvious?
In May 2021, I had the pleasure of being invited to St. Petersburg again (this time only virtually, though) to talk about the "Patentability of Artificial Intelligence Inventions in Europe". For me, one advantage of online conferences is that it’s very easy to make a video recording. On the other hand, I found out that … Continue reading Patenting artificial intelligence in Europe in 2021
I just noticed that my little video about AI patents and enablement is approaching 500 views since I uploaded it last Wednesday. That's exceeding my expectations by far, so: Thank you all so much for your likes, shares and comments on Youtube and LinkedIn! Here's the video, in case you've missed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjFmVlnENek That said, there's much … Continue reading Patents for AI: much is at stake