Legalweek: Intellectual property: Patent progress
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 13 Mar 2008 12:53
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The decision is of great practical importance, since what is often sold is a computer program or a download over the internet. It can be sold either as a discrete item or as embodied in someone else’s program. Previously such claims would not be upheld in court if granted by the EPO, or even granted by the IPO. This left inventors relying on method claims and contributory infringement and resulted in exported programs being unprotected. That hiatus has now been closed, and not before time.
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