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 simulation
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.