LegalBrief: Concern over IPO guidelines
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Date: 24 Dec 2008 10:54
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The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) has said that the IPO's guidance could cause uncertainty and increase the cost of doing business in the software industry. notes that the IPO lost a case at the Court of Appeal earlier this year in which its judgment that software from Symbian should not be awarded a patent was overturned. The judge in the case, Lord Neuberger, did not follow the process set out by the IPO, which was derived from cases involving Aerotel and Neal Macrossan, but the process set out in an earlier judgment, in a case involving Vicom. Many observers saw the ruling as a rejection of the IPO's previous methods of judging software patent claims.
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