Computer Technology

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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Innovation in Simulations, from Robots to Wrinkles

  The big news last Wednesday in the world of computer-implemented inventions was the long awaited publication of the G1/19 decision, developing the law on patenting simulations in Europe. In light of this decision, it seems a good time to remind ourselves of a few of the different kinds of...

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Computer Simulations: Strategy for Patents

  The patentability of computer simulations has recently been in the spotlight in Europe. On 10 March 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (which is the highest court of appeal at the EPO) issued its decision in case G 1/19 confirming that computer simulations are patentable at the EPO. This...

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G1/19 on Patents and Simulations — How may Industry feel about the Enlarged Board’s decision?

  We have kept a close eye over the past year on G1/19 the referral to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal in relation to the patentability of simulations. Now that the decision has issued, we thought it would be worth trying to predict how industry may feel about the...

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EPO Guidelines 2021 Update – Data Storage & Searching and Natural Language Processing

  The EPO has just issued a preview of the next iteration of their Guidelines for Examination. This new version officially comes into force on 1 March 2021 but the EPO has provided an early release to allow applicants and attorneys to familiarise themselves with the changes before they go...

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