UK Court Allows a Software Patent, Bringing UK Closer to the European Position . . .

November 20, 2008
. . . but only where “as a matter of practical reality” it makes the computer faster or otherwise better
 
In its recent decision in Symbian Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents, the UK Court of Appeal addressed the thorny issue of the patentability of computer software and, in a departure from its previous stance, determined that software that “as a matter of practical reality” makes the computer faster or otherwise better can, in fact, be patented. This update examines the decision, which brings the UK closer to the position elsewhere in Europe.