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Dr. Rachel Free

Partner
Patent Attorney

Contact
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
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

Memberships & Roles

  • 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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Education

  • 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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22/09/2022
AI pat­ent ex­am­in­a­tion guid­lines re­leased by UK In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice
AI pat­ent ex­am­in­a­tion guidelines have now been re­leased by the UK In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice and provide ex­tremely use­ful guid­ance for pat­ent stake­hold­ers. The ex­am­in­a­tion guidelines are avail­able at...
25/05/2022
AI, ma­chine learn­ing & big data laws and reg­u­la­tions 2022
The United King­dom has an am­bi­tion to be­come the world’s lead­er in Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) tech­no­logy and policy and AI is in­creas­ingly be­ing ad­op­ted across a wide vari­ety of sec­tors in­clud­ing...
24/05/2022
AI, Ma­chine Learn­ing & Big Data Laws and Reg­u­la­tions 2022
The United King­dom has an am­bi­tion to be­come the world’s lead­er in Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) tech­no­logy and policy and AI is in­creas­ingly be­ing ad­op­ted across a wide vari­ety of sec­tors in­clud­ing...
04/05/2022
More de­tail has be­come avail­able about how to as­sess pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19. A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has ap­plied...
09/02/2022
What next for de­scrip­tion re­vi­sions at the European Pat­ent Of­fice?
The European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO) typ­ic­ally re­quire pat­ent de­scrip­tions to be re­vised to agree with the claims of the pat­ent ap­plic­a­tion.  In March 2021 the EPO Guidelines were re­vised to add that em­bod­i­ments...
01/12/2021
A piece of pat­ent his­tory has been made con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19.  A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has now...
28/09/2021
Court of Ap­peal di­vided on pat­ent of­fice treat­ment of AI ap­plic­a­tions
The Court of Ap­peal has con­firmed that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines is not pat­entable in a ma­jor­ity de­cision with a dis­sent­ing opin­ion provided by Birss LJ. All three Lord/Lady Justices...
14/06/2021
EPO ap­proach to ex­amin­ing com­puter im­ple­men­ted in­ven­tions
On Tues­day 25 May 2021, Heli Pih­la­jamaa, dir­ect­or of pat­ent law at the European Pat­ent Of­fice, gave a present­a­tion to CIPA’s com­puter tech­no­logy com­mit­tee on the Pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter-im­ple­men­ted...
23/03/2021
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice has giv­en a mo­ment­ous...
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice heard or­al ar­gu­ments in Ju­ly 2020 con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of a com­puter soft­ware in­ven­tion.  This rare event was video streamed to over 1600 pat­ent stake­hold­ers...
23/02/2021
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...
28/09/2020
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...
22/07/2020
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...