TheRegister has published an article mentioning the attempt of a UK company to get software patents through the UKPO and EPO.
It seems that the company made a parallel application for the same patent at the EPO and at the UKPO:
Until recently InRotis, a small company spun out of Newcastle University, was part of a High Court action aimed at forcing the UK Intellectual Property Office to ensure the patent protection offered to UK patent holders matches that available in Europe.
However, the firm was granted a European patent for its work, and as a result has dropped out of the action. Lawyers acting for the remaining four firms involved in the case say InRotis' departure proves the very point their clients are trying to make.
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