Computer hardware

In the 1960s, it was predicted that the number of components in an integrated circuit would double every year for at least the next decade. This became known as Moore’s law. Broadly speaking, this trend has endured, driven by increases in computing power desired by users, and facilitated by innovations in semiconductor fabrication technology.

Within this computing arms race, intellectual property is of fundamental importance. The field of computer hardware has historically been dominated by a small number of industry giants, with a more recent trend toward agile start-ups. From CISC to RISC, often different technical strategies have been pursued in the computing industry, with intellectual property being strategically employed to attain commercial and technical advantage.

Computer hardware technology has developed not only to support increasing computing power, but also to provide increased data storage capacity, reduced power consumption and, more recently, hardware that is specifically adapted to support AI. With the significant costs associated with the development of computer hardware, intellectual property is used to ensure a return on investment in this area by ensuring market exclusivity or by generating licencing income.

Many of HGF’s specialists have academic qualifications associated with computer hardware and semiconductor technology, ensuring a deep technical understanding of innovations in this area.

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Event - 25th May 2021

IAM webinar: How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution

HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Senior Patent Attorney Dr Sofie McPherson will be presenting a webinar ‘How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution’ on 25th May. This session will explore how 5G …

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Event - 26th April 2021

World Intellectual Property Day 2021

World Intellectual Property Day is on 26th April. This year’s theme is IP & SME’s: Taking your ideas to market. World IP day 2021 shines a light on the critical role of …

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Event - 11th May 2021

IAM AI IP Connect 2021

HGF is sponsoring IAM’s virtual event AI IP Connect on 11-12th May 2021. IAM’s virtual AI IP Connect event will explore the latest strategies and insight IP managers can use …

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Patentability of Computer Simulations in Europe (G 01/19)

The long expected decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G 01/19) has been announced by the EPO. The decision relates to the question whether computer simulations can be patented …

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Event - 9th March 2021

WIPR webinar: Applied AI: Effectively Monetising Innovation

WIPR and HGF are holding a webinar on 9th March. HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Patent Director Dr Lauris Kemp will be presenting a webinar on 9th March on ‘Applied AI: Effectively …

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Event - 9th March 2021

IQPC Global IP Exchange Europe 2021

HGF is attending IQPC Global IP Exchange Europe 2021 virtual event being held 9 – 10 March 2021. The Global IP Exchange exclusively brings together 90 expert Chief IP Counsel, Heads and …

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Event - 14th January 2021

HGF IP in Healthcare Virtual Conference 2021

In 2021, HGF’s IP in Healthcare Conference will be delivered virtually through a series of webinars across January, February and March. The webinars will review the latest IP and related …

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Event - 16th October 2020

Birmingham Tech Week 2020 - Lean IP Strategy

As part of Birmingham Tech week 2020, HGF Partner Jason Lessard and Patent Director Dr Jennifer Bailey will be holding a webinar ‘Lean IP Strategy’ on Friday 16th October. Birmingham Tech Week is a not-for-profit …

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