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Gemstar ruling by UK High Court on 27 November 2009

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In the Gemstar ruling, Justice Mann of the UK High Court ruled two software patents invalid.

Patent EP0969662 was ruled to contain no "technical effect".

On rejecting patent EP1377049, Justice Mann said:

The patent describes a computer taking some information, getting some input from the user, and then giving the user the information he wants. No more than that.

(Can you help? Is the date 27-Nov-2009 correct?)
(Can you help? We need a link to the ruling text)
(Can you help? This ruling obviously needs more research - was Justice Mann creating a precedent for software or just throwing out badly drafted patents?)

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  • 2011-March-29: Gemstar's request for an appeal is rejected.[1]

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  1. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a311664/court-rejects-gemstars-virgin-epg-appeal.html


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