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31st Mar 2021

What the Enlarged Board’s decision in G1/19 means for patenting computer simulations in Europe

Inventions that fall into certain categories of excluded subject-matter, including programmes for computers, mathematical methods and mental acts, are not patentable in Europe. The EPO’s established ‘COMVIK’ approach assesses inventive step for claims that include a mixture of features that do and do not fall into categories of excluded subject-matter. If a claim feature relates to excluded subject-matter and does not contribute to a technical solution to a technical problem then it is ignored for the assessment of inventive step

26th Mar 2021

Government responds to the Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property call for views

We reported back in September that the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) set out a call for views on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to understand the implications AI might have for Intellectual Property (IP) policy. The UKIPO set out questions relating to each of: patents, copyright, designs, trade marks, and trade secrets. In the government’s words, the aim of the call for views was to understand the relationship between AI and IP. It did not seek to consider the impact of concepts such as AI superintelligence, or an AI as a legal entity. The call for views indicated a willingness to listen, and it was hoped that this would be beneficial for patentees, as well as the AI industry as a whole.

18th Mar 2021

COVID-19 and the Rapid Rise of Genetic Sequencing

While the United Kingdom’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drawn criticism, there are ways in which the UK has performed well and that perhaps even warrant the accolade “world beating” or, at least, world leading. One of these is the recent success of the vaccine rollout. Another less heralded but equally impressive achievement […]

18th Mar 2021

Breaking news: Accelerated Processing for G1/21 Enlarged Board Referral – Oral Proceedings in May 2021

The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has appointed oral proceedings to be held (by video conference) on 28 May 2021. The Enlarged Board will consider the legality of oral proceedings by video conference if not all parties agree to it. This is in response to oral proceedings we attended in February, where a Technical Board […]

16th Mar 2021

Single Question Referred to Enlarged Board on Video Conference Oral Proceedings

We attended oral proceedings last month on case T1807/15 and learned that the Board of Appeal would make a referral to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal on video conference oral proceedings without parties’ consent. We have received a copy of the written interlocutory decision of the Board of Appeal. We now know that a single question has been referred to the Enlarged Board:

16th Mar 2021

Covid-19 crisis cited as basis for rise in domain name disputes

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a huge impact on just about every aspect of our lives – transforming kitchens across the land into home offices and giving patent attorneys a crash course in the joys and challenges of home-schooling. One year on since the first UK lockdown and the ‘new normal’ no longer feels very ‘new’.

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