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The IP behind the AI boom

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to transform our lives. But what exactly is AI, and what are the techniques and applications driving innovation in this area? James Nurton looks at insights provided by the flagship WIPO Technology Trends series which focuses on innovation trends in AI.

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Elaphe: driving the development of electric vehicles

Gorazd Gotovac, Chief Technology Officer of Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a Slovenian company based in Lubljana, talks about the company’s pioneering in-wheel motor technology and the role that innovation and intellectual property plays in its business strategy.

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UPOV: supporting food security with plant variety protection

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) helps encourage the development of the new varieties of plants required for food security and agricultural sustainability. Its new online tool, UPOV PRISMA makes plant variety protection much easier.

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Protecting rainforest-derived technology equitably

The Emberá use the juice of the fruit of the jagua to paint their bodies for ritual and other purposes. The company Ecoflora Cares specializes in natural color technology and has created a blue powder from the same juice for use in coloring food and other products. It is committed to ensuring the Emberá share in benefits derived from its commercialization.

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Worldwide activities on licensing issues relating to standard essential patents

Thanks to technical standards, modern-day electronic devices are interoperable. Find out how different government agencies around the world are approaching issues surrounding the licensing of patents covering portions of these standards (i.e. standard essential patents (SEPs).

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