Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have the potential to provide significant benefits across a wide range of industries – and to have major impacts in other ways too. However, obtaining patents for these developments can be challenging due to the nuances of patent eligibility issues around both mathematical methods and software.

We have many years of experience in handling these issues, and a strong track record of delivering successful outcomes for our clients in the AI/ML field.

Our team of AI and ML specialists is one of the largest and most experienced in intellectual property in Europe, and includes experts with postgraduate experience and qualifications in AL/ML, plus a number of former software developers. In recent years, our team has handled more European patent applications relating to core AI technology than any other firm in Europe. We have also achieved an impressive grant rate at the European Patent Office (EPO) which is well above the average for the sector.

Clients commend us for our strong technical skills on complex machine learning subject matters, and for being in tune with ongoing policy developments in the field. We are the only firm to have argued before the EPO’s highest court in connection with the patentability of computer-implemented inventions (Enlarged Board of Appeal case G1/19), and we are frequently praised by legal directories for our technology and AI expertise.

Relevant expertise

We have significant experience in numerous AI application areas, including:

  • Image/video processing, including image and video generation
  • Large language models and natural language processing
  • Speech recognition
  • Robotics
  • Machine translation
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Digital healthcare
  • Bioinformatics
  • Automated/intelligent personal assistants

Our attorneys also have significant experience with core AI technologies such as reinforcement learning, self-attention based neural networks, adversarial learning, convolutional neural networks and so on.

The team handles invention capture, original drafting, patent prosecution and also contentious matters such as oppositions.

“The practice’s client roster is testament to its knowledge in mandates concerning artificial intelligence and machine learning.”  Legal 500 UK (PATMA: Patent Attorneys): 2023