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 - 9th December 2021

Technology Transfer Primer - IP Management: AI and 5G in healthcare

The University of Hong Kong is hosting a webinar on ‘IP Management: AI and 5G in healthcare’ on 9th December 2021 with HGF’s Partner Dr Chris Benson and Patent Director …

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Event - 1st December 2021

Webinar: Patent eligibility of AI-related pharmaceutical inventions and practical tips for its patent obtainment in Japan

Join our webinar on 1st December, where speakers from Shiga, one of the leading IP firms in Japan, will present on ‘Patent eligibility of AI-related pharmaceutical inventions and practical tips …

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Event - 3rd November 2021

Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US

HGF and Knobbe Martens are holding a webinar on 3rd November. Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms …

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Event - 9th September 2021

Autonomous Vehicles Expo 2021

HGF is sponsoring the Autonomous Vehicles Expo which is being held on 9th September. Autonomous Vehicles Expo will provide key insights from industry experts on how disruptive technological advances will …

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Event - 29th July 2021

HGF and Shiga webinar: Patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan

HGF in Europe and Shiga in Japan are holding a joint webinar on 29th July 2021. Fitter, faster, stronger – patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan Sporting …

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