Legal Updates

Harmonisation of the assessment of patentability of user interfaces between the UKIPO and EPO

A recent UKIPO decision, BL O/128/19, highlights a welcome harmonisation in the assessment of computer-implemented inventions involving user interface components at the UKIPO and EPO. The patent application in question, GB1308715.0, describes a user interface for controlling a thermostat that is adjusted in dependence on changes in ambient temperature. Specifically, a...

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T 0817/16 (Google): Searching for a technical effect

Last week the Board of Appeal issued a decision holding that Google’s patent application 04784004.6 was unallowable on grounds of inventive step. Amongst other things, the decision contains useful guidance relevant to applications containing a mixture of technical and non-technical subject matter. The take-homes from the decision are as follows:...

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UK Hearings Digest 2018

Our Computer Technology patent attorney team have produced a 2018 UK hearings digest that provides analysis of the decisions issued by the UK IPO relating to computer implemented inventions (CII). The digest provides practice points and points of difference between UK IPO practice and that of other offices around the...

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Comment on T 0489/14 Pedestrian Simulation CONNOR

Recently, in the decision T 0489/14 the EPO’s Boards of Appeal published their referral of three questions relating to computer implemented simulations to the Enlarged Board of Appeal. Referrals to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal do not come around often, referrals in the area of computer technology even less...

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T1085/13: A crystal-clear test for purity

This recent decision from an EPO Board of Appeal is a rather satisfying development in how patentability (especially novelty) of purity claims is assessed at the EPO. This case may be seen as patentee-friendly, particularly for the pharmaceutical sector, as it likely extends protection for APIs. It will become especially...

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