Matthew Hoyles

Changes in Simulations at the EPO: A Debrief

  As the dust settles following the out-of-the-blue release of G1/19, we thought we would put together some notes and thoughts on what the decision will mean for applicants and practitioners — whether they are Europe-based or elsewhere. The most welcome result from the decision will be the degree of...

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Does the Latest Simulations Decision from the Enlarged Board in G1/19 Move Us Closer to European Harmonisation?

  Of course, they won’t come out and say it, but the answer to our mind is undoubtedly yes – whether that was on purpose or not, only the EPO will know. In 2011, the UK Courts reined in the UK IPO and their (arguably) over-zealous restrictions on computer-implemented inventions...

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GJE Review: Simulations

  GJE’s computer technology team have put together a comprehensive collection of content designed to equip your business with insight into simulations and the role intellectual property has in its development.   Computer Simulations: Strategy for Patents Michael Vallance, Sam Jones and Kate Voller have created a practical guide to help...

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The Law of Unintended (or Intended) Consequences — The Impact of the Legal Developments on Simulations on Machine Learning

  Recent attempts to clarify the EPO’s approach to examining machine learning applications have arguably been missing an important factor… a body of case law on which to base the guidance.  The section on AI and machine learning in the EPO guidelines for examination lists two narrow and specific cases...

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O/271/20 – Is the contribution of a claim defined by the whole subject-matter claimed or just the new bit?

Although the Covid-19 crisis has reduced the numbers of decisions published by the UK IPO in 2020 there are still some interesting cases for review. In this patent application, Lenovo sought review of the examiner’s decision that the claims comprised excluded subject matter as a program for a computer and/or...

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