TimesOnline: Court ruling strengthens patent protection for UK software
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Date: 08 Oct 2008 15:26
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Summary:
The Court of Appeal said today that complex software such as programmes designed to make mobile phones and computers work faster can be patented in the UK. Previously, manufacturers could claim commercial exclusivity for their products under copyright laws but had less legal protection for underlying technical processes. As a result of the ruling, developers are likely to find it easier to secure approval from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which has traditionally been reluctant to grant patents to cover software.
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