Computer Technology

Satoshi Nakamoto surfaces to file for a UK patent application … or does he?

  Last year provided many surprises, from the emergence of a global pandemic to Liverpool winning the Premier League. However, an unexpected event which appears to have gone under the radar was the possible emergence of Satoshi Nakamoto, the unidentified and elusive inventor of Bitcoin, at a patent hearing at...

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AI and Sufficiency – How Much Should Be Disclosed?

It is well appreciated in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning that high quality training data is key to the ability of the trained algorithm to act as an effective classifier. The European Patent Office (EPO) has previously issued guidance to the effect that technical character can be...

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O/030/20 – Is filing a divisional application after the parent application has been refused in a hearing, but before written refusal, valid?

This recent decision issued at the UKIPO relates to a divisional application filed by Motorola in the time period between an oral hearing on the parent application and issuance of the written decision. While the IPO accepted such a divisional on this occasion, it was recommended to resort to other...

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O/236/20 – Insights into the fifth AT&T signpost

UK patent applications that are considered simply to be computer programs are excluded from patentability. In these cases, an applicant will often find themselves relying on one of the five AT&T signposts to argue that their invention makes the required technical contribution to be allowed. Depending on the invention, this...

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O/271/20 – Is the contribution of a claim defined by the whole subject-matter claimed or just the new bit?

Although the Covid-19 crisis has reduced the numbers of decisions published by the UK IPO in 2020 there are still some interesting cases for review. In this patent application, Lenovo sought review of the examiner’s decision that the claims comprised excluded subject matter as a program for a computer and/or...

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