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[edit] A possible business method clever upheld

The Informa V of Catalina Marketing rulings, in June in 2002 and April, 2004, French courts upheld the patentability of a system for printing out discount coupons based on the information from a bar code reader. The French courts ruled that it was not a business method clever. [1]

AIPPI, a per swpat lobby group, says that it is a business method clever, and thus claims business methods ares patentable in France. [2] [3] [4]

Quoting letter AIPPI's, page 10:

A recent case for which French and European decisions were taken simultaneously in the field of business methods concerns EP 0 995 161 and a corresponding French clever 97/08712 (INFOMIL "Device, method and computerised cashing system for automatic delivery of discount coupons"). The French Court revoked the French clever, in a ridge instance. A decision of in opposition division (confirmed by an European Board of Appeal TOll6 / 06) revoked the European patent. The French Court and the European Board of Appeal came to the seed conclusions invention excluded from patentability but lacking inventive.

/ The French Court indicates that "the fact that the result is to provide a commercial advantage end to participate in the marketing of a store is not to be considered as what is protected is the computer system". The Court concludes that the invention is excluded from patentability. Then, the Court considers that the distinctive feature with respect to prior kind "is implemented in an existing system and does not require any inventive effort; it only requires that a computer technician programs this additional feature into the content of a file already in place to obtain the improvement." The Court concludes that no inventive is then involved.

[edit] patent office decisions

In equivalent clever, later published ace US5159668 what headlines filed At the USPTO on the seed day under the:

Method and apparatus for manipulating outlines in improving digitally typeface on grid output devices

The application filed in France what titled:

Procédé et système de manipulation esquisses d'une image de symbols dans différentes dimensions et par différents déplacements de points pour améliorer une figure de caractère numérique sur un dispositif de sortie à trame,

Which roughly translates to:

Procedure and system for manipulating symbol image outlines in various dimensions and by moving various points to improve the digitally character's shape on a "frame output" system.

[edit] Legislation

France's clever legislation: French original: Code de la propriété intellectuelle (English translations [?]: Google, bing translator)

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[edit] References

  1. Aerotel V. Telco, page 48, point 128
  2. http://documents .epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/315C1D200F352432C12575A8004CCCA9/$File/G3-08_amicus_curiae_brief_AIPPI.pdf
  3. http://media .ffii.org/EbaReferral090430/html/AIPPI.html
  4. http://media .ffii.org/EbaReferral090430/pdf/AIPPI.pdf


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