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Patents and software: Macrossan
It is rare for the Court of Appeal to look at the issue of patent protection for computer software. The Patents Act 1977 provides that computer software is not protected by patents â€œas suchâ€. However many patents have been obtained in the UK and European Patent Offices where the software is part of an overall invention. On 27 October, in Macrossan v Comptroller General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks and Aerotel v Telco, the Court of Appeal restricted the law on software and business method patentability. They rejected an attempt by an Australian, Neal Macrossan, to patent his invention for an automated system that compiles the necessary doc...