Wednesday, 12 May 2010

No guidance on computer implemented inventions

News today that the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office has published an Opinion on the reference to it by the President of the EPO of questions about the patentbility of computer-implemented inventions. The full story is on Axel horns's IP::JUR blog here and the IPKat also has it. Suffice to say that we get no guidance on what is patentable: we do get guidance on what is admissible in a reference to the Enlarged Baord, and it's not this sort of political question. Different boards of appeal might come to different conclusions about issues like this, but it's for the legislator to sort out not the Enlarged Board. So there.

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