Patenting Computer Programs: A Glimmer of Convergence

European Intellectual Property Review, 2008, 30(9):379-382.

8 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2014

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The decision of Kitchin J in Astron Clinica Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks addresses the important issue of whether claims to computer programs on suitable storage media are prohibited by Article 52(2) & (3) of the European Patent Convention 1973 (EPC) and the UK equivalent, section 1(2) of the Patents Act 1977 (PA). In deciding that such claims are allowable, Kitchin J sought to preserve a strand of consistency between the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) and European Patent Office (EPO) when it comes to patentability of computer programs.

Suggested Citation

Aplin, Tanya F., Patenting Computer Programs: A Glimmer of Convergence (2008). European Intellectual Property Review, 2008, 30(9):379-382.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424830

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