Technical expertise

New Digital Technologies

Digital technologies are shaping our world. Internet, micro and quantum computers or artificial intelligence (AI) are prominent milestones of this development. Big Data, AI "deep learning" and blockchain solutions are booming, and their combination with future computing power is raising the highest expectations.  Since 2012, patent application numbers around AI have exploded, especially in tele-
communications, transportation, automotive, and medical

Patent protection for the new digital technologies builds on an established, growing body of rules in the field of computer-implemented inventions (CIIs). Patent offices are applying patentability criteria more and more consistently across countries. Advantage: Today, new digital technologies can be effectively protected as CIIs - provided the rules are followed.


The law firm WR has been assisting companies in patent proceedings in the field of new digital technologies since its foundation. We have helped shape German and European patent jurisprudence in numerous court cases. Accordingly, our experience is comprehensive in the following subject areas:

  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Machine learning
  • Neural networks (also deep neural networks or generative adversarial networks)
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Support vector machines
  • Blockchain and distributed systems
  • Numerical optimization

To keep up with the rapid innovation cycle, our patent attorneys and subject matter experts are continuously educating themselves and actively participating – also as speakers – in professional conferences.


Our experts know the immense potential of digital technologies. The best possible patent protection for the inventions entrusted to us and the corporate success of our clients are our entire ambition.
Internationally operating market leaders, SMEs and start-ups appreciate the proven work efficiency of our firm: fast response times, reliable availability of a fixed contact person and the clout of our team of specialists, which can be supplemented worldwide by selected cooperation partners.

Our patent law practice includes new applications and prosecution, development and management of patent portfolios, freedom-to-operate and infringement opinions. 

The enforcement of intellectual property rights in all types of contentious proceedings is also one of our core services. This includes opposition/appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office, as well as infringement and nullity proceedings at German courts, up to and including the German Federal Supreme Court.