NetPr: Change in UK-IPO Practice regarding patents for computer programs
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 07 Feb 2008 15:55
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
In his judgment, Kitchin J has now clarified the law in this area, and decided that patents should, as a result of applying the test formulated in Aerotel/Macrossan, be allowed to protect a computer program if, but only if, the program implements a patentable invention. This ruling is a narrow one which places a greater emphasis on the substance of what has been invented than the words used in the claim. It does not have the effect of making computer programs generally patentable in the UK but it does allow innovators to enforce all aspects of their patentable inventions directly. The UK-IPO has decided not to appeal this judgment and will be following it with immediate effect.
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