ElectronicsWeekly: Analysis - UK IP Office reacts to Symbian software patent ruling
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Date: 15 Apr 2009 19:59
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Summary:
Observers question whether this will really constitute any shift in UK patent law as one would expect following a decision as significant as Symbian. However, the practice notice goes on to suggest that there will be some change in the way in which the UKIPO assesses software implemented inventions in future. In particular, the practice notice states that an important factor is "what the program does as a matter of practical reality" and provides an example in which 'improving the operation of a computer by solving a problem arising from the way the computer was programmed - for example, a tendency to crash due to conflicting library program calls - can also be regarded as solving "a technical problem within the computer" if it leads to a more reliable computer'.
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