Day: December 16, 2009

UK Court finds online gaming system non-patentable subject matterUK Court finds online gaming system non-patentable subject matter

As Canada is still pondering the patentability of computer subject matter in the Amazon “one-click” patent case, UK courts continue to examin patents for computer related subject matter. The latest case is Cranway Ltd v Playtech Ltd & Ors [2009] EWHC 1588 (Pat) (07 July 2009). The patent involved an on-line gambling invention. The court found the invetion to be obvious. it also found the patent excluded subject matter under

The court summarized the law in its reasons as follows:

“(2) The following in particular shall not be regarded as inventions within the meaning of paragraph 1:

(c) schemes, rules or methods for performing mental acts, playing games or doing business, and programs for computers;

(3) The provisions of paragraph 2 shall exclude patentability of the subject-matter or activities referred to in that provision only to the extent to which a European patent application or European patent relates to such subject-matter or activities as such.”

Computer & Internet Law Updates for 2009-12-16Computer & Internet Law Updates for 2009-12-16

  • Alain Strowel's article on graduated response in the WIPO Journal is a must read, #
  • Patent pooling deal to reduce costs of AIDS drugs #
  • RT @bensheffner: Biden at White House anti-piracy summit: "They're stealing it. It offends me." (via @wsj) #
  • Who owns digital rights in books?, #
  • Record label attempts to make Google and Microsoft liable for linked-to infringements, #
  • Making Legal Easier and Illegal Harder, #
  • An Act to amend the (Canada) Criminal Code (identity theft and related misconduct) to come into force on January 8, 2010, P.C.