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How to debunk a bad digital patent attorney

How can I tell whether my outside patent attorney is competent for digital patents? The question came up during a conversation I had the other day with an in-house patent attorney in a large German corporation in the...

Decentralized Finance Patents in Europe? (DeFi)

Can one patent DeFi in Europe? Well, you can’t patent the idea of providing financial services on public blockchains with smart contracts, because the fact that this enables financial transactions without a...

Are software patents more difficult after G1/19?

One question I get a lot lately is: “Now that we have G1/19, will it be more difficult to get software patents in Europe?” My answer: Probably yes, at least in the short term. Here’s why. Watch on...

Patents for Explainable AI (XAI) only?

If you wanted to patent the shape of a technical component generated by an AI system, what kind of justification would you need to give for that particular choice of geometry? Do you need to be able to explain why the...