Autonomy Corporation Ltd v The Comptroller General of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: PatC 6 Feb 2008

The company appealed against the rejection of its claim for a patent.
Held: Lewison J said: ‘The manipulation of data stored on a computer (whether on the computer in use or on a remote computer) is unlikely to give rise to a contribution that exists independently of whether it is implemented by a computer’


Lewison J


[2008] EWHC 146 (Pat), (2008) 31(4) IPD 31026, [2008] Info TLR 69, [2008] Bus LR D61, (2008) 31(8) IPD 31052, [2008] FSR 36




Patents Act 1977 1(2)


England and Wales


Appeal fromAutonomy Corporation Ltd (Patent) IPO 7-Nov-2007
IPO The application relates to a method for generating links related to the content of an active window displayed on a computer screen and for embedding an icon representing these links within, for example, the . .

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CitedLantana Ltd v The Comptroller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks CA 13-Nov-2014
The inventor company appealed against rejection of its application for a patent for a computer program.
Held: The appeal failed: ‘on the facts found by the Hearing Officer, the invention is no more than the computerisation of a process which . .
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