Computer Technology

New UKIPO “IP Access” Fund. Up to £5,000 Intellectual Property Grant Available for SMEs

As part of the UK Government’s strategy to rebound the economy through the success of knowledge-led high skill businesses, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has launched a new IP Access fund as an extension of the existing IP Audit Plus programme. This new fund, which offers grants of up...

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UK Court of Appeal Reaches a Decision on AI Inventor Case

  On 21 September the UK Court of Appeal handed down their judgment in the DABUS case, relating to whether an AI can be an inventor on a patent application. The Court concluded that the applicant in this case had not identified “a person or persons whom he believes to...

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Board of Appeal’s Preliminary Opinion in T0489/14 Following G1/19 Decision

Following the recently issued decision by the Enlarged Board of Appeal in G1/19, the referring Board in T0489/14 have now issued their preliminary opinion and a summons to oral proceedings. As we expected from what was set out in G/19, this preliminary is not positive for the applicant. Picking up...

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Computer Simulations are Patentable — but which ones?

  The European Patent Office has recently confirmed that computer simulations can be patentable. However, whether or not a simulation is likely to be patentable isn’t always straightforward. This article looks at some of the patentable and non-patentable examples recently provided by the EPO, which should provide some guidance as...

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Practical Claim Drafting Tips for Computer Implemented Inventions In View of G1/19

  The EPO’s Enlarged Board of appeal handed down decision G1/19 on 10 March 2021. This decision concerns the patentability of computer simulations under the European Patent Convention (EPC). While primary applicability of this decision is of course to simulation inventions, the Enlarged Board emphasised in the decision that simulations...

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