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Archived updates for Wednesday, June 01, 2005

U.K. Report Attempts to Define "Technical Contribution"

The results from the U.K. Patent Office's workshops on how to define the term "technical contribution" as a hurdle for patentability in the Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) Directive were published on May 26, 2005. The report shows "just how difficult it can be to come up with a definition which is both easy to apply and which gives the 'right' result in terms of allowing patents for computer-implemented technical inventions but blocking patents for non-technical software," said Sean Dennehey, Director of Patents for the UK. "One possible approach seems to be combining a positive statement of what 'technical contribution' means with a negative statement of what it doesn’t mean."
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