Patent applicants hoping that the Court of Appeal in London
would give a judicial green light for the UK patent authorities
to take a more liberal approach to business method and software
patents were disappointed by the eagerly awaited ruling in the
Macrossan case, handed down on October 27. They now
have to reassess their patenting strategies.
The three judges, Lord Justice Chadwick, Lord Justice Jacob
and Lord Justice Neuberger, backed a decision by the UK Patent
Office to refuse to grant Australian entrepreneur and solicitor
Neal Macrossan a patent for a computer-based system he designed
to help people complete the forms required to register a
company. But in a highly unusual step, they recommended the
European patent-granting authority consider the issue to
provide additional clarification....