21 March 2008

UK - High Court says UK-IPO was wrong to reject software-related patent

(OUT-LAW News)
The High Court has overturned a decision of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) to reject a patent application as being nothing more than software. The UK-IPO said that the ruling is incompatible with other decisions and will appeal. The patentability of software is a controversial area of UK intellectual property law. The question seemed to be settled in a decision by the Court of Appeal in 2006 which outlined how courts should determine whether an invention consists purely of software, and therefore should not be awarded a patent.