Tech Firms Take On U.K. Software Patent Restrictions

Law360, New York (November 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A group of small technology firms is gearing up to challenge the U.K. Intellectual Property Office’s patent restrictions on computer-implemented inventions in the High Court next week.

The appeal takes issue with the UK-IPO’s policy of refusing to accept patent applications for method claims that cover computer program products, such as disks and downloads, even when the claims are deemed allowable. The practice went into effect in November 2006 after the landmark Aerotel and Macrossan cases changed how the UK-IPO and U.K. courts applied patent law....
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