IPKat: High Court to hear software patents appeal
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Date: 13 Nov 2007 00:00
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According to a recent press release, next week the High Court is to hear an appeal from a UK-IPO decision (Astron Clinica & others) on software patents. The appeal, coordinated by the well-known name (in the world of software patents at least) of Beresford & Co., relates to the UK-IPO's practice, following their interpretation of Aerotel/Macrossan (see previous IPKat posts here, here, here or here), of refusing claims directed to computer program products, even when such claims refer to claimed methods that are otherwise seen to be allowable. The four patent applications in question had method claims that were all deemed to be allowable, but were refused solely on the grounds of having computer program product claims.
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