This is the third and final part of our article series where we provide a summary of the results of the recent study jointly conducted by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) that aimed to provide patent applicants and practitioners with insights into how each office examines applications directed to computer-implemented/software related inventions. In this article we examine the cases contrasted for the offices’ approaches to inventive step.
The study can be found here, and herein references to “the study” refer to this document.
8 cases having 9 claims were examined for inventive step. Of these 8 cases, both offices were in agreement on 3 of them.
Read the full article at the link below.