Halliburton Patents Pass 'Mental' Muster: UK Judge

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT) -- The U.K. Intellectual Property Office was wrong to block Halliburton Energy Services Inc. from registering four patents related to drilling technology because of their supposedly “mental” nature, a British judge said Wednesday.

In allowing Halliburton's appeal, Judge Colin Birss QC determined that the IP Office's deputy director, Phil Thorpe, had incorrectly construed Halliburton's patents, which pertain to methods of optimizing the design of drill bits used in oil extraction, as being purely conceptual in nature, when there were clearly technical, patentable elements in play.

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