Matthew Hoyles

Halliburton achieve a full-house of rejections

Toward the end of 2017, the UK IPO issued a review of a decision to refuse Halliburton’s patent application. Halliburton managed to complete the full house of having the application refused for relating to a computer program, a mathematical method and presentation of information — they were collecting exclusions! Rather than...

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Dispelling the myth that you can’t patent big data projects

Big data as a term is a broad church that encompasses a range of innovation. The technology itself has evolved dramatically from the relational databases of the 70s, through to modern processing techniques for unstructured and structured data. Today,’big data’ is often used synonymously with data analytics and data science,...

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Patent Eligibility tests at the UK IPO – before or after inventive step?

The UK IPO and EPO each take a different approach to patentability of computer implemented inventions. One of the most contentious issues in this area and one which is significantly affecting efforts to harmonise tests globally (see the recent paper from the AIPPI study group on CII) is consideration of...

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The UK IPO comments on pre-Actavis infringement opinions

The ripples of the Actavis Lilly Supreme Court decision are slowly spreading throughout the UK IP ecosystem. Shortly before Arnold J gave his thoughts on claim construction in the new post-Actavis era in Mylan v Yeda and Teva [2017] EWHC 2629 (Pat), the UK IPO had to wrestle with how...

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Graphical User Interfaces – don’t believe everything you read

You may have read in the past that Apple had a patent granted for their ‘slide-to-unlock’ concept and that they were suing rivals for infringement of that granted patent. You may also have read, or been advised, that it is not possible to patent software and that you can’t patent...

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