"The Court of Appeal in UK has allowed a software patent, possibly setting an important legal precedent. Last week's decision by the Court of Appeal has upheld a previous decision by the High Court that the Intellectual Property Office or IPO's refusal of a patent application by Symbian was not correct in law. The application was for a patent for an indexing system for library functions in an operating system. Accordingly, in considering the "technical effect" of the invention by smartphone OS vendor Symbian, the patent examiner had displayed an excessively "narrow" point of view. The Court of Appeal, under the leadership of Lord Justice Sir Robin Jacob, has thus wished to minimise somewhat the differences due to the so-called "absurd" discrepancies between the IPO and the EPO – the European Patent Office (EPO). The Court also wants to harmonise patenting practice in England and Wales with that on the Continent."