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Rachel Free

Dr. Rachel Free

Patent Attorney

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Rachel is a UK and European patent attorney with an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a DPhil in vision science. She helps clients protect their technology through patents in a wide variety of fields, including AI, software, construction, infrastructure and telecommunications. She also provides training and advice regarding AI ethics and AI regulation.

Rachel has patent experience in a range of technical fields including neural networks, data centre storage, multi-core systems, cryptography, programming languages, information retrieval, machine learning, quantum computing, internet of things, time of flight cameras, natural user interface technology, image processing, infra-red sensors, wireless communications, voice over internet protocol, video codecs, cloud computing technology, mobile phone antennas, software and telecommunications.

Rachel is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and a member of its Computer Technology Committee. She has lectured for CIPA and acted as an Examiner for CIPA.

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"Rachel Free is very approachable, understands the law and is able to appreciate highly technical matters. Excellent advice and analytical skills."

Legal 500, 2021

"Has 'deep technical knowledge'."

Legal 500, 2019


  • 1999 –  UK registered Patent Attorney, UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, London
  • 1999 – European Patent Attorney, European Patent Office, Munich
  • 1996 – Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University, London
  • 1996 – Dphil, Vergence eye movements and stereopsis, Oxford University, Oxford
  • 1992 – MSc, Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
  • 1991 – MA Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, Oxford
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  • Vice chair of the CIPA Computer Technology Committee.
  • Task Force - Data Governance, All Party Parliamentary Group on AI (APPG AI).
  • Independent advisory board member of the University of Bath Centre for Doctoral Training on Accountable, Responsible, Transparent AI.
  • International Chamber of Commerce working group on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property.
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23 February 2021
Life Sci­ences Quarterly Up­date - Brexit Im­plic­a­tions for the MedTech Sec­tor
We are de­lighted to in­vite you to our life sci­ences quarterly up­date we­bin­ar, ‘in view’. Our CMS team will be eval­u­at­ing the wide ran­ging im­pacts of Brexit for those op­er­at­ing in the MedTech sec­tor...
28 September 2020
High Court con­firms that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines...
The High Court has con­firmed that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines is not pat­entable. The de­cision po­ten­tially leaves the door open for hu­man own­ers of AI ma­chines to list them­selves as...
22 July 2020
Around 1600 view­ers re­gister for live video stream of com­puter soft­ware...
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice re­cently heard or­al ar­gu­ments con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of a com­puter soft­ware in­ven­tion. This rare event was video streamed to over 1600 pat­ent stake­hold­ers...
10 July 2020
Pat­ent­ing in­ven­tions cre­ated us­ing an AI sys­tem
This art­icle first ap­peared in the CIPA Journ­al, Ju­ly-Au­gust 2020.This CIPA pa­per dis­cusses the pat­ent­ing of in­ven­tions cre­ated us­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) sys­tem, in­clud­ing wheth­er pat­ent...
26 May 2020
European Com­mis­sion must ad­dress in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty and AI
The Com­mit­tee on Leg­al Af­fairs (JURI) of the European Par­lia­ment has pub­lished three draft re­ports re­lat­ing to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI). This note is about the draft re­port on in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty...
04 May 2020
EPO Board of ap­peal re­mits to ex­amin­ing di­vi­sion when pri­or art search...
In Mod­el de­term­in­a­tion sys­tem/Ac­cen­ture Glob­al Ser­vices Lim­ited (Case T-1159/15), the board of ap­peal finds that need to per­form a pri­or art search con­sti­tutes a spe­cial reas­on to re­mit the ap­peal ap­plic­a­tion...
30 April 2020
USPTO finds an in­ven­tion cre­ated by an AI ma­chine is not pat­entable
The US Pat­ent and Trade Mark Of­fice has found that DABUS is not a per­son and so can­not be con­sidered an in­vent­or of a pat­ent. DABUS is an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) ma­chine. The USPTO ac­cep­ted the in­dic­a­tion...
28 February 2020
Pat­ent­ing Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and quantum tech­no­lo­gies
IP and Life Sci­ence ana­lys­is: Caitlin Heard, IP Lit­ig­a­tion Part­ner, and Rachel Free, Pat­ent At­tor­ney and Part­ner, at CMS Camer­on McK­enna, dis­cuss the ap­plic­ab­il­ity of Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) and...
31 January 2020
UK In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice finds that pat­ent law does not cater for...
The UK In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice has found that DABUS is not a per­son and so can­not be con­sidered an in­vent­or of a pat­ent. DABUS is an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) ma­chine. The UKIPO ac­cep­ted the in­dic­a­tion...
06 February 2020
D-Code We­bin­ar: Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence – how it works and how it is trans­form­ing...
Our new D-Code pro­gramme is aimed at in-house leg­al teams who do not spe­cial­ise in tech­no­logy, but who need to un­der­stand how new tech­no­lo­gies and plat­forms im­pact the trans­ac­tions and mat­ters they ad­vise...
28 November 2019
De­term­in­a­tion and re­si­li­ence as hu­man qual­it­ies
I was saddened today when I read that Lee Se-dol has de­cided to re­tire as a pro­fes­sion­al GO play­er seem­ingly be­cause of Al­pha Go.   He is re­por­ted as stat­ing "I'm not at the top even if I be­come the...
2 October 2019
AI and per­son­al­ised medi­cine
Per­son­al­ised medi­cine at­tempts to de­term­ine the most ef­fect­ive treat­ment plan for a par­tic­u­lar in­di­vidu­al by com­bin­ing and ana­lys­ing in­form­a­tion from the pa­tient. The abil­ity of AI plat­forms to in­ter­rog­ate...