Subject: [Fwd: Fw: Patents for software and business methods]
From: Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2000 17:52:33 +0000
Thu, 02 Nov 2000 17:52:33 +0000

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Subject: Fw: Patents for software and business methods
From: "Peter Laurie" <peter@abbotsbury.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 13:03:07 -0000


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Nicholas Steven <Nicholas.Steven@blinkdorset.co.uk>
To: ICTDorset <ICTDorset@listbot.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2000 8:40 AM
Subject: Patents for software and business methods


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> From: Steve Probert [mailto:steve.probert@patent.gov.uk]
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> The Patent Office has just launched a major consultation exercise to
> determine whether or not patents should be granted for all computer
> programs and methods of doing business. The European Commission is also
> running a similar consultation exercise, and there is a possibility that
> patent law could be changed throughout the whole of Europe depending on
> the outcome of these consultations.
> 
> Currently, computer programs can only be patented if they have the
> potential to achieve a technical effect when run on a computer. Although
> around 15% of the patents granted in the UK are software-related, many
> people still don't realise that some computer programs can be patented.
> 
> Methods of doing business (whether over the Internet or not) are not
> patentable in the UK, but the consultation asks whether such things
> should be made patentable by changing the law.
> 
> If anyone (particularly interested parties in the UK) has any views on
> this subject, the Patent Office would be very interested to hear them.
> There is more information on the Patent Office website, including
> contact details and a link to a newsgroup discussion being hosted by the
> Patent Office.
> 
> http://www.patent.gov.uk/snews/notices/softcons.html 
> 
> Steve Probert CEng MIEE
> Deputy Director, The Patent Office
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