Can inventions based on artificial intelligence be patented? Until recently, there were no clearly defined rules for applying for protection of solutions related to artificial intelligence and machine learning based on computational models and algorithms. Indeed, the provisions of the Polish Industrial Property Law Act (as of December 2018, Article 28 (5)) still do not allow protection for such solutions; however, on 1 November 2018 the European Patent Office (EPO) took up the challenge and introduced some guidelines in this area.
This is not the start of a joke, but the beginning of a partnership between an inventor and a patent attorney, i.e. two experts from closely related fields. A lot depends on the quality of this partnership: how effective the legal protection of a invention is in domestic and foreign territories, how the risk of infringing others’ rights can be minimised when placing a product on the market, and many other issues… Indeed, such factors have a significant bearing on whether a company’s activities truly translate into commercial and financial success.
It’s impossible to imagine social media and websites without numerous photos, images and graphics plastered all over them. Indeed, using and sharing photos today is easier than ever. However, as the European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently confirmed in the Renckhoff case, this activity must respect the copyright of creators.
Professor Alfreda Graczyk’s discovery of the efficacy of using photosensitizers to diagnose and treat cancer has brought the medical world closer to inventing a successful cancer treatment that will save the lives of millions of people.
A unique implantation material, popularly known as “artificial bone”, created by a team headed by Professor Grażyna Ginalska heralds a revolution in surgery. The material does not cause any allergies and merges perfectly with the patient’s real bone. Moreover, it provides hope that the whole healing process can be accelerated in the future.
The first words recorded on film by Józef Tykociński heralded a journey into the future and a gigantic change in the world of cinematography. His steadfastness in searching for the best conditions to develop his ideas took him on a journey that spanned nearly the whole world.
The story of Lucjan Barton’s success on the other side of the Atlantic could one day become the inspiration for a Hollywood movie to be shown on all kinds of screens, including liquid crystal ones. The Polish inventor led a team that developed a technology for using LCD displays in various devices.
Professor Hilary Koprowski, a Polish immunologist and virologist, created a vaccine against the polio virus, which, along with the practice of mass vaccinations, has maintained the health and saved the lives of millions. This, however, was not the only important achievement in his career.
In Germany, there are nearly 4,500 patent attorneys, in Japan over 10,000, and in the United States there are over 40,000 people working in this profession. In Poland, there are just 931 patent attorneys. In the modern world, where innovations and knowledge are more important than ever, patent attorneys truly are indispensable.