Tuesday 6 December

AI Guideline and Scenarios

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Start: Tuesday 6 December 2022, 12:30 PM

End: Tuesday 6 December 2022, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

Guidelines for Examining patent applications relation to artificial intelligence.

On September 22nd the IPO published its guidelines for examining patent applications relating to Artificial Intelligence. This webinar is an opportunity to hear from the IPO about the background to, and the development and the contents of the guidance. The presentation will cover the guidance in general as well as discussing several of the presented scenarios.


Members, Non Members, Fellows, Students


Dr Russell Maurice, UK IPO

Dr Russell Maurice, UK IPO

Dr Russell Maurice leads in training colleagues across the UK-IPO on how to assess computer-implemented inventions in view of the exclusions of s1(2). Russell is a senior examiner within the examining group that handles data-processing technology.

Phil Thorpe, UK IPO

Phil Thorpe, UK IPO

Phil Thorpe is a Deputy Director at the UK Intellectual Property Office with responsibility for patent practice.  He is also an inter-partes hearing officer and has responsibility for the IPO’s Opinion Service During his 30 years with the IPO, Phil has been heavily involved in IP policy including representing the UK in the TRIPS Council. He has been seconded to the EU Commission where among other things he worked on the Community Patent Regulation and was also seconded to the secretariat for the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights.

Nigel Hanley, UK IPO

Nigel Hanley, UK IPO

Nigel has led an examining group for the last 7 years. Prior to that he spent 16 years as an Examiner working on computing subject matter.

As one of the senior examiners in this area Nigel led a small team involved in setting Examination Practice and training of examiners in this sometimes contentious area. In this role Nigel was one of the IPO team who worked on the failed European Computer Implemented Directive and the Government’s amicus brief on the EPO Referral on Computer Software. He has been a regular speaker at the CIPA events presenting several seminars on the patentability of computer programs to CIPA members as part of the CPD programme.

Nigel is known to many in the IP profession through his work in establishing the Customer Visit Programme between the IPO and attorneys.

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