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UKIPO wins in software appeals

Peter Ollier, Hong Kong

The Patents Court in London has dismissed appeals by telecoms service provider AT&T and telecoms innovation company CVON against the refusal of their patents for being computer programs and methods of doing business

In a 17-page judgment handed down on March 3, Justice Lewinson looks at the Symbian decision, which confirmed that software can be patented if it provides a technical contribution to the state of the art.

Lawyers told Managing IP that,...

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