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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Mateo Aboy

CIPIL / LML Visiting Scholar

Spring 2016 – Summer 2017 

Research Focus

During his visit, Professor Aboy will continue his research into the status of information age inventions as patentable subject matter. A core component of this work is an in-depth quantitative analysis of trends in patent examination following key United States Supreme Court decisions affecting biomedical, biotech, computer and information process inventions, coupled with comparative study of European patent law. This work sheds light on the implications of legal doctrine for prosecution strategies, licensing and innovation.

Through this research, Professor Aboy aims to:

(1) provide a better understanding of the legal, economic and potential innovation impacts of these decisions;

(2) provide a comparative overview of the patent law jurisprudence and the potential of substantive patent law convergence between the US and European Patent Convention signatory jurisdictions; and,

(3) propose a new legal test and subject matter eligibility examination framework for information age inventions that is clear, consistent, innovation-enhancing, and potentially uniformly applicable in jurisdictions which are signatories to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. 

Professor Aboy is collaborating with CIPIL/LML members (Dr Kathy Liddell and John Liddicoat) on projects concerning IP and genomics


Dr. Mateo Aboy is presently a tenured full Professor at Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon, USA. His multidisciplinary background includes a combination of intellectual property, science & engineering, and management experience. He holds degrees in law (LLB), engineering and data science (BS, MS, MPhil, PhD), international management (MBA), as well as professional registrations as a chartered electrical & telecommunications engineer, Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), and Patent Agent with Bar Admission to practice in patent cases before the United States Patent Office (USPTO) and the Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB).

 Alongside these professional interests, Professor Aboy enjoys sketching and spending time with his family, including two young children. A couple of his recent Cambridge sketches are seen here and here.


Dr. Aboy's recent biomedical research publications include:

  • Clinical Application of a Novel Automatic Algorithm for Actigraphy-Based Activity and Rest Period Identification to Accurately Determine Awake and Asleep Ambulatory Blood Pressure Parameters and Cardiovascular Risk. Crespo C, Fernandez J, Aboy M, Mojon A, Chronobiology International: The Journal of Biological and Medical Rhythm Research, 2013, Vol 1-2 Page(s): 43-54 
  • Pulse Pressure Variation Tracking Using Sequential Monte Carlo Methods Biomedical Signal Processing and Control. Sunghan K, Aboy M, McNames J, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, 2013, Vol 8 Page(s): 333-340 
  • Influence of QRS Complexity Detection Error on Entropy Measures. Molina-Pic A, Cuesta-Frau D, Mir-Martnez P, Oltra-Crespo S, Aboy M, Medical & Biological Engineering and Computing, 2013, Vol 110(1) Page(s): 2-11 
  • Automatic Identification of Activity-Rest Periods Based on Actigraphy. Crespo C, Aboy M, Fernandez JR, Mojon A. Medical & Biological Engineering and Computing, 2012, Apr; 50(4) Page(s): 329–340 
  • Automated Prediction of the Apnea-Hypopnea Index from Nocturnal Oximetry Recordings. Marcos JV, Hornero R, Alvarez D, Aboy M, Del Campo F, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2012; Jan; 59(1)) Page(s): 141-149  

For more of Dr Aboy's publications, see here