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Some Reflections On Method And Policy In The Crowded House Of European Patent Law And Their Implications For India, Justine Pila Dec 2011

Some Reflections On Method And Policy In The Crowded House Of European Patent Law And Their Implications For India, Justine Pila

Justine Pila

This article considers the appropriate method for assessing substantive principles of European patent law, including limits on European patentability. In the argument made, European patent law is a crowded house in which “substantive convergence” around principles is inevitable but unsatisfactory: it will generally be the product of complex institutional dynamics as much as principled policy making, and in the absence of unified methodology and values will fail to ensure coherence or consistency within the European patent system. The implications of this argument with respect to India are then considered, and some reflections offered regarding India's experience of patent law ...


Software Patents, Separation Of Powers, And Failed Syllogisms: A Cornucopia From The Enlarged Board Of Appeal Of The European Patent Office, Justine Pila Dec 2010

Software Patents, Separation Of Powers, And Failed Syllogisms: A Cornucopia From The Enlarged Board Of Appeal Of The European Patent Office, Justine Pila

Justine Pila

The decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) in G_0003/08 regarding the patentability of computer programs under the European Patent Convention (EPC) is considered, and the grounds for the EBA’s rejection of the President’s referral on the computer programs exclusion of Article 52(2)(c) & (3) analysed. An argument is made that the basis for that rejection is an interpretation of the President’s power of referral under Article 112(1)(b) EPC that is inconsistent with Articles 31–33 of the Vienna Convention, and that offends the constitutional principles ...


The Requirement For An Invention In Patent Law, Justine Pila Dec 2009

The Requirement For An Invention In Patent Law, Justine Pila

Justine Pila

This book offers an analysis of legal conceptions of the invention in UK patent law and their development from before the first English patent legislation of 1623 through the patent system’s recent phase of Europeanization. Its publication comes at a time of widespread uncertainty regarding the invention, which is the basic subject matter of patent protection in all jurisdictions, and the meaning of which is currently under review by the US Supreme Court, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office, and the Australian Government. The central thesis of the book is that properly construed, the requirement ...