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  • Practical advice for protecting software

    27 March 2015

    In addition to protecting software functionality through obtaining patents, it is also advisable to take the following steps to help deter and or prove copying of your code: • Machine code distribution The distribution only of machine code executed directly by a computer’s processor avoids the need to present higher level code that is more […]

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  • Medical Devices Left Out in the Cold

    12 March 2015

    A recent decision from the EPO has confirmed that medical devices cannot be protected using second medical use claims. T773/10 concerns an appeal from an Examination Division decision to refuse a patent application for a dialysis membrane. The membrane itself was known. The applicant was attempting to get patent protection based on its new use […]

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  • US & Japan set to join the Hague System

    16 February 2015

    The Hague System is administered by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and allows a single registered design application to be made that can designate several countries, instead of filing separate design applications in multiple countries. On 13 February 2015 the US and Japan will deposit their instruments of accession (by the Geneva Act of […]

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  • Patentable Parthenotes

    12 February 2015

    In decision C-364/13 the CJEU classified human parthenotes, the result of artificially stimulating human egg cells to divide, as being outside the definition of embryos.  This means that parthenotes, and the stem cells that form them, are not excluded from patent protection by the European Biotechnology Directive. Ethical issues reign over questions of whether the […]

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  • A new patent eligibility test from the USPTO – a step in the right direction?

    10 February 2015

    The USPTO has recently issued guidelines for deciding whether a claim is eligible for US patent protection. The guidelines are welcomed by those considering patenting computer-implemented inventions in the US because they clarify the brief and unclear guidance issued shortly after the US Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS bank International decision of 19 June […]

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  • Ruling out the prior art

    28 January 2015

    The EPO Board of Appeal decision T 1488/10 examines whether or not a feature in a figure of a prior art document can be measured to assert that a claim is not novel, if the figure appears to be to scale.   Previous case law on this matter generally indicates that schematic drawings, unlike construction […]

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