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AI drives down cost and drudgery of routine patent work


Beyond language translation, patent lawyers can use a new wave of technology in other ways to improve their own efficiency. Essentially, AI can process volumes of data and identify patterns that would be impossible or too time-consuming for humans to detect.

AI tools are essentially turbocharging the diagnostic abilities of patent attorneys, says Noam Shemtov, Reader in IP and Technology Law at Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies. “Some are natural language processing and some are image processing,” he says. “They can go through vast amounts of data in short amounts of time and reduce the chance for oversights and errors.”

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