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Patenting Innovation in Semantic Reasoning Technology

Patenting Innovation in Semantic Reasoning Technology
Peter Crocker

Oxford Semantic Technologies

Oxford Semantic Technologies Limited, the developers of RDFox, a high-performance knowledge graph and semantic reasoning engine, are excited to announce the successful grant of a United States patent for their advanced semantic reasoning technology.  

This patent will allow Oxford Semantic Technologies to lead the field, with correct, fast and robust semantic reasoning. RDFox can be applied in various industries and use cases, and its unique capabilities offer clients significant benefits over competitors, a result of the novel design and concepts, which were developed and validated in peer-reviewed research at the University of Oxford.  

Reasoning is a key feature for maximally exploiting the knowledge stored in knowledge graphs, but reasoning performance can be an issue. This patent protects the novel technical aspects of RDFox’s reasoning engine and data structures that enable RDFox to provide efficient, high-performance parallel reasoning using the power of modern multi-core processor architectures.  

The lead external investors, Samsung Ventures, Oxford University Innovation and Oxford Science Enterprises are pleased with the development. The US patent is assigned to the Oxford University Innovation, and is licensed exclusively to Oxford Semantic Technologies.

This patent exemplifies the attention to performance and detail that went into crafting RDFox. The algorithms and data structures described, laid the foundations for subsequent developments in our reasoning technology. The power of reasoning has been brought to our users.
Peter Crocker, Co-founder and CEO at Oxford Semantic Technologies  

For further information, get in touch or read the full patent United States patent number 10,817,467.

For other patents held by RDFox, read these articles:

Oxford Semantic Technology Secures Patent for Optimizing Graph Database Querying

Oxford Semantic Technologies Granted Another Patent for Knowledge Graph Query Optimisation

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Team and Resources

The team behind Oxford Semantic Technologies started working on RDFox in 2011 at the Computer Science Department of the University of Oxford with the conviction that flexible and high-performance reasoning was a possibility for data-intensive applications without jeopardising the correctness of the results. RDFox is the first market-ready knowledge graph designed from the ground up with reasoning in mind. Oxford Semantic Technologies is a spin-out of the University of Oxford and is backed by leading investors including Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC), Oxford Sciences Enterprises (OSE) and Oxford University Innovation (OUI).