Legal Updates

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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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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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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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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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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