Dominic Jaques

T 0944/15: Significant Implications for the Patentability of Computer-Aided Surgery and Therapy Inventions?

Case Law Update – T 0944/15 : the EPO can look beyond the claimed features when assessing the medical method exclusion In a recent Board of Appeal decision, T 0944/15, the Board applied the exclusion on patenting medical methods in a way that could have significant implications for those seeking...

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The Restrictions on Patenting Surgical Methods: Can Surgical Robotics companies obtain effective Patent Protection?

If you have ever considered filing a patent application in the medical field, you might be aware that the law of some countries excludes patent protection for inventions that relate to certain kinds of surgical method. Given the rate of innovation in the surgical robots field, as clear from the...

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How can Digital Tech Companies Help Tackle Mental Health?

Mental health has been the subject of increasing public attention in recent years. As well as affecting individuals’ quality of life, poor mental health exacts a significant economic toll: by some estimates depression alone costs the British economy in the region of £100 billion a year through lost productivity and...

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An improved diagnostic tool isn’t necessarily a technical contribution

The UK IPO’s recent refusal of an application by Ventana Medical Systems sheds some light on the nuanced question of what is considered to constitute a technical contribution when applying the Aerotel test for excluded subject matter. Ventana had filed a patent application describing a way of presenting digital images...

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Healthcare meets AI: new opportunities and new risks

“The development of smart technologies to analyse great quantities of data quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy than is possible by human beings opens up a whole new field of medical research and gives us a new weapon in our armoury in the fight against disease”. The Prime...

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