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Patenting the Metaverse

The Metaverse as a borderless virtual world encompassing work, play, entertainment, and more, is the next evolution of the Internet as we know it. It’s a real opportunity to drive economic growth and bring its benefits to everyone, everywhere. With...

Blockchain, web3 & IP: what the heck?

I learned so much about IP in the Metaverse and Web3 on a panel discussion in Paris the other day, thanks to my awesome co-panelists. We covered the different facets of IP in the digital space, looked into some innovative blockchain users like...

I’m giving away my presentation slides

Sharing is caring, isn’t it? I’ve you’ve missed one of my conference talks or seminars, you can now download most of my slide decks on the “downloads” page. I just uploaded 14 slide decks from 2022 and 2021. Hope you...

Why patent strategy MUST be rooted in economics

Just in case it has slipped your mind: Patent strategy must always be rooted in economics. I’d love to share Prof. Dr. Alexander J. Wurzer’s recent IP Management Nugget, which is a great reminder that a smart patenting approach requires...

Digital patent infringement w/ Thomas Gniadek

Is it really so difficult to enforce digital patents? I sat down with my patent litigator friend Thomas Gniadek and learned a lot about digital patent infringement. Thomas shared several first-hand tips for how to prove that a software patent is...

AI patents in Europe: grant rate rising, but still below average

If you’re a numbers person, you will love Haseltine Lake Kemper’s recent article From Filing to Opposition: What are the Statistics on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Patents & Applications at the EPO. The author Frances Wilding...

Can an AI be an inventor?

Or is the real question: Should an AI be an inventor? Maiwald’s Simon Lud argues that artificial intelligence systems should be granted legal personality. I’m leaning towards a different approach: I very much enjoyed Beat Weibel‘s...

Software patent without a device as carrier?

This question comes up frequently at manufacturing companies when they tap into machine learning and digitalization. The good news is: In Europe you can patent just the software part without a physical carrier, as I explain in my latest #askbastian...

No patents for computer games? Look closely!

Did you know that Clash of Clans and Hay Day generated €2 million in revenue a day in 2013 for Finnish mobile game development company Supercell? And would you have thought that Supercell has 180+ published patent documents? I’ve looked...

Experiment, Find Your Niche, and Market Yourself

“What advice would you give young lawyers and entrepreneurs?”, Priggya Arora asked me on her podcast. And now I’m feeling very old 🙂 It was a wonderful conversation with Priggya on The Priggya Arora show the other day. We covered...