Peter Arrowsmith

When does a computer program operate at the level of the architecture of a computer?

In a recent UK-IPO hearing UK company ProProcure Ltd had its (first and only) patent application refused because the invention related to a program for a computer as such. Under UK law the contribution of an invention must not solely relate to a program for a computer.  A “technical” contribution...

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Statoil case highlights need for patent applications to include enough technical detail

In an interesting recent UK-IPO hearing the Norwegian company Statoil had its patent application refused because the invention it described consisted of no more than a mathematical method and a program for a computer. This case provides a helpful reminder of the importance in ensuring that a patent application includes...

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Success for Areva NP demonstrates strategic power of appeals

Earlier this year the EPO Boards of Appeal decided (in case T0625/11) to overturn a decision from the Examining Division and allow a European patent application for an invention relating to software. The patent application was filed by Areva NP, a French company involved in the design and supply of...

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Patents aiming to protect Google’s latest mapping software rejected by UK IPO

Google recently attempted to obtain UK patents for two related aspects of their mapping software. These patent applications were recently refused at a hearing by the UK IPO on the grounds that they relate to excluded subject matter. Google’s inventions related to mapping techniques in which geographic regions were generated...

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Unified patent court and the UK: how the complex relationship affects businesses

Patent trolls are a familiar part of the Intellectual Property landscape, although activity in Europe has historically been lower than in the US. With the anticipated arrival of the Unified Patents Court, a single court covering most of the EU market this was expected to change, but the UK’s General...

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