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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.”