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Federal Circuit issues patentability opinions on computer and electronics issues
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • USA
  • October 3 2007

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently decided two patentability cases of particular interest to the computer and electronics industries


Federal Circuit requires sufficient structure for means-plus-function claims relating to computer-implemented inventions
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2008

On March 28, 2008, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd. v. International Game Technology, Civ. No. 2007-1419 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 28, 2008) held that when the corresponding structure of a means-plus-function limitation is a standard microprocessor programmed to perform an algorithm, the specification must also sufficiently disclose the algorithm


Novell triumphs over SCO in big win for open-source movement
  • Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
  • USA
  • September 13 2007

Novell Inc has prevailed in its dispute with the software company SCO Group over copyright ownership to the code behind Linux software


Reassurance that patenting of computer-implemented inventions is possible
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • April 14 2008

In October 2006 the UK Court of Appeal clarified the scope of the exclusions from patentability (including that of computer programs) to a large extent in the decision of AerotelMacrossan which laid down a four-stage test for patentability


The claim terms “portable computer” and “portable computer microprocessing system” did not encompass laptops where laptops were disclaimed during prosecution
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2008

In Computer Docking Station Corp. v. Dell, Inc., Nos. 07-1169, -1316 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 21, 2008), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of SJ of noninfringement because the patentee disavowed an interpretation of “portable computer” that would encompass a computer with a built-in display or keyboard, i.e., a laptop


Transfer of ownership of copyright - will an implied term suffice?
  • Gowling WLG
  • United Kingdom
  • July 3 2008

The Court of Appeal, in Meridian International Services Ltd v Richardson & Ors 2008, looked at ownership of copyright in computer software


German Federal Supreme Court decided on printer levies
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • June 2 2008

In two landmark judgments of 6 December 2007 and 30 January 2008, the German Federal Supreme Court (“FSC“) has ruled that the so called “reprographic copyright levy“ implemented by the German legislator to compensate for licence-free copying made with traditional photocopiers does not apply to single function printers


“As such” the UK’s final words?
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • June 2 2008

The tortuous development of the law concerning patents for software-related inventions in Europe has had many people scratching their heads in puzzlement


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. et al v. Grokster, Ltd. et al
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • USA
  • October 24 2007

In an exhaustive 83-page opinion, the district court granted, in part, plaintiffs’ motion for a permanent injunction against StreamCast, the distributor of Morpheus peer-to-peer file sharing software


The general public licence of open source software is legally binding
  • Nabarro LLP
  • Germany
  • November 1 2007

A recent judgement of the District Court of Munich confirmed again that the General Public License (GPL) is valid in Germany and has to be obeyed when using Open Source Software