We have just finished watching the oral proceedings before the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) on case G1/19 concerning the patentability of computer simulations. We were not alone – some 1,600 people signed up to watch today’s oral proceedings by live stream. Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly) no decision was announced during the proceedings. However, we did get to hear some of the EBA’s thoughts on the issues.
Insights: Computer Implemented Inventions
Further discussion on the UK IPO Patent Hearing Officers approach to the question of excluded subject matter.This article looks at one of those decisions in more detail: Hitachi Ltd’s GB patent application relating to a computer-implemented construction site management method.
Currently, Singapore is the only country to have a fast track patent application process specifically directed to Artificial Intelligence
The Enlarged Board of Appeal, the EPO’s highest appeal body, has been invited to decide on whether a computer-implemented simulation is patentable, either by itself or as part of a design process.
The European Patent Office’s latest Guidelines for Examination entered into force on 1 November 2018. Applicants in the software fields sometimes find the EPO’s approach to examining computer implemented inventions (CIIs) confusing. The Guidelines for Examination can provide a helpful starting point for demystifying their methodology and determining how a given invention might be received by the EPO. Any changes to the Guidelines are therefore important to applicants in the software area.
The latest edition of Guidelines for Examination in Europe has been published by the European Patent Office.