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UK IP office in software patent u-turn

Emma Barraclough, London

The UK Intellectual Property Office has changed its official policy on the patenting of software, two weeks after a High Court judge said that the Office was wrong to reject all patent claims to computer program products

In a ruling in Astron Clinica and others' Applications on January 25, Mr Justice Kitchen said that where claims to a method performed by running a suitably programmed computer or to a computer programmed to carry out the method are...

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