Computer Technology

Patentability of Simulations at the EPO – G1/19 Hearing Report

Partner Matthew Hoyles and senior associate Sam Jones observed the long anticipated G1/19 Enlarged Board of Appeal hearing held on 15 July 2020.  All sides provided well thought out arguments and some particularly interesting points were raised, including the potential for machine learning algorithms to be considered as alternatives to...

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The Notional Business Person at the EPO II – New Hardware

The EPO Boards of Appeal have been developing a useful body of case law in the business method space in which the concept of a ‘notional business person’ is introduced in order to help with the task of determining just what can and cannot be included in the requirements specification...

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Hearings Digest 2019

Our Computer Technology patent attorney team have produced a 2019 UK hearings digest that provides analysis of the decisions issued by the UKIPO relating to computer implemented inventions (CII). Whether you work as in-house counsel or in overseas private practice, you should find the hints and tips for prosecuting CII applications useful,...

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Positive start for excluded subject matter objections at the UKIPO for 2020

The New Year has started off on a positive footing for applicants with the UKIPO issuing its first decision of 2020 relating to excluded subject matter. The hearing officer found in favour of the applicant Lenovo, one of the most prolific attendees of hearing in the past few years, that...

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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,...

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