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Machine learning is testing the limits of IP protection
Legal experts submit two machine-designed products in landmark test of patent law
Move shows Britain’s determination to remain engaged with European regulation after Brexit
First commitment to a new EU initiative since the Brexit referendum
Italians press Brexit case to host body to rule on disputes under unitary system
Chinese applications have risen 30-fold this century, mainly in computing and digital communications
A British exit would delay the birth of a common system and cost UK hosting rights
Changes to patent policy could lead to battle over intellectual property rights
China is the highest climber in the European Patent Office rankings
The majority of patent applications now come from outside Europe
Obstacles have been overcome and procedures are being hammered out to unite Europe’s patent system
Majority of filings come from companies outside the continent
The long-promised single EU patent cannot come soon enough
Lab on a chip conducts tests on the spot
The European Patent Office Awards recognise outstanding achievement. The process of choosing a winner is arduous
One of the world’s most prolific inventors
Choice in Europe is being offset in Britain by policy changes, tax breaks and increased efficiency
Changes welcome but groups fear abuse of system