Computer Technology

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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Decision demonstrates difficulties when patenting computer implemented inventions in the UK

In a recent hearing at the UKIPO, Canadian company Thoughtwire Holdings Corp were unsuccessful in arguing that their patent application – “Method and system for sharing data between software systems” – related to more than excluded subject matter. The invention related to a system for sharing data between multiple software...

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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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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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UK Supreme Court Rewrites the Rule Book on Patent Infringement

It didn’t make the 10 o’clock news but on 12 July 2017, with some irony, the UK courts took a decisive step towards Europe in changing the test for finding patent infringement.  The decision will be seen as a victory for patentees, however it provides uncertainty for third parties who...

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