U.K., European Offices At Odds Over Software Patents

Law360, New York (March 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.K. patent office denial of a Symbian Ltd. computer program patent application has been reversed by a court ruling, illustrating a divide between the U.K. Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office over software patents.

Although Symbian's patent application was accepted by the European Patent Office, the UK-IPO denied it on the grounds that the patent was prohibited by Article 52 of the European Patent Convention.

The U.K. High Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that the UK-IPO erred in this finding.

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