ClickPress: High Tech Four Go to the Courts
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Date: 12 Nov 2007 14:56
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The High Court is set to review government restrictions on the protection of computer-implemented inventions in the U.K. The hearing, set for 19 November follows an appeal by four small high-tech English companies against a decision of the UK-Intellectual Property Office in July. The high-tech four are challenging the UK-IPO’s refusal to accept patent claims that cover disks and downloads, thus undermining the ability of British industry to protect inventions reliant upon the development of new software. Astron Clinica Limited, Software 2000 Limited, Surf Kitchen Inc and Cyan Holdings Plc. have developed technology in fields ranging from skin imaging and printer drivers through to telecoms and micro-controllers. Each is reliant on novel software, and the ability to control the distribution of that software is critical to the success of their business.
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