After her DPhil, Gemma worked as a research fellow based at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s highest energy particle accelerator. She continued the work of her DPhil towards the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last remaining undiscovered particle in the Standard Model of particle physics, which was found in July 2012.
As part of this research, Gemma gained experience in software development in a variety of different programming languages. In particular, Gemma worked on the development of multivariate techniques, including artificial intelligence-based methods such as artificial neural networks, to enhance the sensitivity of searches for the Higgs boson. Gemma also gained an understanding of big data analysis and the use of distributed computing networks.
Since joining EIP, Gemma has continued to work on the drafting and prosecution of software patent applications, including those related to image processing and artificial intelligence. She has also obtained extensive experience of electronics-based technology, and has worked on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in a diverse range of other areas such as medical devices, automotive engineering and printing systems.
As part of her work at EIP, Gemma has liaised directly with and advised senior in-house counsel of a major multinational hardware and online retailer, to coordinate drafting and prosecution of a large portfolio. This has involved leading interviews with examiners in the US, often successfully reaching allowance without requiring further rounds of examination. She has also gained valuable experience of the subtleties of patent law in a number of different jurisdictions, including the US, Europe, China, Japan and South Korea.