Lawdit: Is software patentable? Episode II
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 10 Feb 2009 22:41
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But unfortunately the Patents Act 1977 (as amended) states in Section 2(c) that, and I more or less quote, a "program for a computer" is not an invention for the purposes of the Act. Fairly black and white, you might say. So what happens next with lawyer types is that we look for something that is patentable in relation to the program - if that ain't patentable I'll damn well find something that is.. What the guidelines mean in practice is that the UKIPO and the courts are concerned with identifying a "technical contribution". The Symbian patent application was held to be patentable because a technical contribution was provided by improving the operation of a computer.
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