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JULY 19 2017 |

Legal Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

‘It’s only AI until you know what it does, then it’s just software’ is a good way of making artificial intelligence accessible.  Fuelled by exploding volumes of big data – digital data is growing at a compound rate of 60% per year – AI can be seen as the convergence of machine processing, learning, perception […] MORE
JUNE 26 2017 |

Future proofing software licences for the machine age

The interconnected world of the 4th industrial revolution is driven by software. As software functionality continues to expand through developments in algorithms, AI, APIs, business process automation and smart contracts, software systems increasingly interact more widely and with more and more other systems. It is not surprising therefore that issues around software over-deployment – where […] MORE
JUNE 09 2017 |

Growing Patent Claim Risks in Cloud Computing

This blog develops the themes of our February piece on cloud availability risks from software patent claims. It shows how the patent cloudscape is changing; how PAEs are increasingly active in Europe as well as in the USA; and how CSPs are starting to respond in their contract terms. With increasingly recognised benefits of security, […] MORE
APRIL 12 2017 |

Privacy, data protection and cyber security in the Internet of Things

Richard Kemp recently contributed a video to Practical Law which outlines the legal issues that businesses involved in the Internet of Things need to be aware of. Topics include: The Internet of Things (IoT) explained Why the IoT is so significant The Fourth Industrial Revolution Key legal issues related to the IoT Key privacy and […] MORE
MARCH 03 2017 |

The Rise of the Machines?

“You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you’ve created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can’t hide from the things that you’ve done anymore.” (Adama, Battlestar Galactica) AI and Robotics are not new. For many years, centuries even, humanity has been fascinated with the concept of non-human intelligence. […] MORE
MARCH 03 2017 |

SAP v Diageo – the UK’s first software over-deployment case: takeaways for business

The interconnected world of the 4th industrial revolution is driven by software. As software functionality continues to expand through developments in algorithms, AI, APIs, business process automation and smart contracts, software systems increasingly interact more widely and with more and more other systems. It is not surprising therefore that issues around software over-deployment – where […] MORE
FEBRUARY 01 2017 |

Cloud Computing: Software Patent Claims and the Risks to Service Availability

As the public cloud services market continues to mature and grow – up from $178bn in 2015 to $209bn in 2016 according to research company Gartner[1] – the concentration of computing resources into cloud data centres is increasingly attracting the attention of NPEs as a target for patent litigation. At a time when data security […] MORE
JANUARY 09 2017 |

Trends in information technology law: looking ahead to 2017

As we go into 2017 the incipient ‘technologisation’ or ‘IT-isation’, if you’ll excuse the terms, of our lives is gathering pace and becoming much plainer to see. The first few days of December 2016 alone have seen a number of significant developments: Michigan, the home of the US motor industry, became the first state to […] MORE