U.K. Protection Of Business Method, Software Patents

Law360, New York (November 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Successful companies have always relied on innovation to maintain their edge, and one of the most frequent areas on which companies seek advice is how to protect the investment they have made in their “big idea.”

If it is a new tangible product – the proverbial “better mousetrap” – then it is relatively straightforward. Aesthetic or functional articles can generally be protected by design laws and industrial products by patent.

A great deal of innovation in the Western world these days is less tangible, however –...
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