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[News] Major Milestone Against Software Patents in UK

  • Subject: [News] Major Milestone Against Software Patents in UK
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:26:56 +0000
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Virgin Media wins Gemstar EPG ruling

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| Virgin Media has succeeded in the patent dispute 
| brought against it by Gemstar TV Guide. The 
| London High Court rulings call into question the 
| ability for intellectual property rights holder 
| Rovi to enforce its patents both in the UK and 
| with operators around the world.
| Gemstar, now part of Rovi, had claimed the 
| cablenetâs EPG had breached three patents â EP 
| 0969662, EP 1377049 and EP 1613066 â which were 
| involved in the display and transfer of 
| programme information and metadata. BSkyB, 
| Foxtel, Portugal Telecom, Sky Italia and UPC 
| Broadband have all signed up to Roviâs patent 
| programme.



Aerotel yet again

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| If anyone thought that Symbian really changed anything at the UK-IPO, the
| IPKat thinks that they are probably either overly optimistic or mistaken. The
| test, such as it is, is now still the familiar 4-step Aerotel test, but
| bearing in mind that computer programs can make a technical contribution,
| contrary to what the 4-step test might suggest.


UK Patent Office Approves Software Patent... Rationalizes The Decision

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| Rather than just saying "uh, the courts said so," it claims that it allowed
| the patent because it's "more than just a software program," saying that the
| invention was a "technical contribution." Apparently, the new rules mean that
| as long as software makes a "technical contribution" it can be patented.
| But... uh... what software doesn't make a "technical contribution" of some
| sort

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