U.K. Court Of Appeal Mulls Patentability Exclusions

Law360, New York (October 30, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- After reviewing the policy of excluding business method and software patents, the England & Wales Court of Appeal has decided to leave the law’s previous treatment of this issue intact for consideration by a different authority.

On Friday, the Court handed down its highly anticipated decision in a battle sparked by Neal William Macrossan over what exactly constitutes patentable subject matter.

Up until now, provisions in the European Patent Convention have excluded certain categories of invention, including business methods, from being considered patentable, a principle that...
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