Innovations in Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are typically implemented in software and so can be challenging to patent at the European Patent Office. Firstly, patent protection for the invention must not be ruled out by the “software as such” exclusion of Article 52 EPC, and the invention must therefore solve a notional “technical problem”. Secondly, it must be possible to reduce an often complicated inventive concept to a single paragraph of text that can act as a patent claim. By way of illustration, this article looks at the patented smart home technology behind Nest Lab’s (“Nest”) learning thermostat, and explores how innovative start-ups can effectively protect their inventions.
Google has reached an important landmark in quantum computing: a quantum computer that can solve a problem that a classical computer would not be able to solve in any practical timeframe. As published in the science journal Nature, Google reports that its latest quantum computing chip was able to perform a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken a classical supercomputer 10,000 years to complete.
Google (Waymo) has beaten Toyota to first position in a ranking of patent portfolios relating to self-driving cars.