Legal Updates

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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The Law of Unintended (or Intended) Consequences — The Impact of the Legal Developments on Simulations on Machine Learning

  Recent attempts to clarify the EPO’s approach to examining machine learning applications have arguably been missing an important factor… a body of case law on which to base the guidance.  The section on AI and machine learning in the EPO guidelines for examination lists two narrow and specific cases...

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Patenting a Simulation at the European Patent Office — Some Key Points

  Simulations are rife in the modern world. From the design of components for an aeroplane to the movement of people in a crowded space, simulation is finding highly diverse application across many technical fields. The European Patent Office (EPO) treats simulations per se as inherently non-technical meaning that a...

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IP News: A Roundup of Recent Developments

  The following summaries collate a selection of the latest IP news in the UK, at the European Patent Office (EPO), and in relation to PCT (international) applications. The summaries have been prepared by members of our patent team, and so focus primarily on patent matters, but also have some...

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