Gale's Application

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
Date1991
CourtCourt of Appeal (Civil Division)
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82 cases
  • Symbian Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents
    • United Kingdom
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • October 8, 2008
    ...under art 52 of the EPC. Quite apart from what is said in section 130(7) of the 1977 Act, and the “absurdity” (to quote Nicholls LJ in Gale's Application [1991] RPC 305, 323) of a different approach in the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (“UKIPO”) from that in the EPO, the dist......
  • Aerotel Ltd v Telco Holdings Ltd; Macrossan's Patent Application (No.0314464.9)
    • United Kingdom
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • October 27, 2006
    ...have been expressed in other cases too, for instance by Nicholls LJ (with whom the other members of the court agreed) in Gale's Appn. [1991] RPC 305 at p.323, and by Lord Oliver in Asahi's Appn. [1991] RPC 485 at p.540. iv) Moreover by using the text of the Convention the decisions of this......
  • Halliburton Energy Services Inc. v Smith International (North Sea) Ltd
    • United Kingdom
    • Chancery Division (Patents Court)
    • July 21, 2005
    ...of the English decisions (in particular, Merrill Lynch [1989] RPC 561 (CA), Fujitsu [1996] RPC 511 (Jacob J) and [1997] RPC 608 (CA), Gale [1991] RPC 305), along with EPO decisions such as T 208/84 VICOM/Computer related invention [1987] EPOR 74 support a ‘contribution’ approach. What ha......
  • Shopalotto.com Ltd's Application
    • United Kingdom
    • Chancery Division (Patents Court)
    • November 7, 2005
    ...of the English decisions (in particular, Merrill Lynch [1989] RPC 561 (CA), Fujitsu [1996] RPC 511 (Laddie J) and [1997] RPC 608 (CA), Gale [1991] RPC 305), along with EPO decisions such as T208/84Vicom/Computer-related Invention [1987] OJEPO 14, [1987] 2 EPOR 74, support this approach. Th......
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2 firm's commentaries
  • English High Court Confirms Computer Program Claims Are Legitimate
    • United States
    • Mondaq United States
    • February 8, 2008
    ...the decisions of the English Courts in Genetech's Patent [1989] RPC 147, Merrill Lynch's Application [1989] RPC 561, Gale's Application [1991] RPC 305, Fujitsu's Application [1997] RPC 608 and Aerotel/Macrossan, the judge concluded he could find nothing ruling out claims to a computer progr......
  • Software Patents in Europe
    • United Kingdom
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • September 18, 2002
    ...In Fujitsu Limited's Application [1997] RPC 608, Lord Justice Aldous said: "I, like Nicholls LJ [in his judgment in Gale's Application [1991] RPC 305], have difficulty in identifying clearly the boundary line between what is and what is not a technical And, as Mr Justice Aldous, in Wang Lab......
4 books & journal articles
  • Equitable Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Programs in South Africa: Some Proposals for Reform
    • South Africa
    • Juta Stellenbosch Law Review No. , August 2019
    • August 16, 2019
    ...v Comptrolle r General of Patents [20 05] EWHC 1589 (Pat) paras 43-4 694 Merryl Lynch’s Applic ation [1989] RPC 56; Gales Appli cation [1991] RPC 305; Aerotel Ltd v Telco Holdings Ltd, Mac rossan’s Patent Applicatio n [2006] EWCA Civ 1371 (CA (Civ Div)) par a 26 95 Aerotel Ltd v Telco Holdi......
  • Intellectual property protection for software: A global perspective and lessons for development and reform in Nigeria
    • South Africa
    • Juta South African Intellectual Property Law Journal No. , February 2020
    • February 12, 2020
    ...v. Telco Holdings Ltd and other s (2006) EWCA Ch.1371 and earlier ca ses: Merill Lynch’s Applicatio n [1989] RPC 561, Gale’s application [1991] RPC 305 and Fujitsu’s Application [19 97] RP C 608.46 Ar ticle 52 of the European Patent C onvention, 1973 provides: ‘The followin g in particular ......
  • OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AND PATENT LITIGATION: FROM THEORETICAL RISKS TO REALITY.
    • United States
    • Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal Vol. 48 No. 1, March 2022
    • March 22, 2022
    ...Invention/VICOM, [1987] OJ EPO 14, (1986) T208/84, [1987] 2 EPOR 74; Merrill Lynch Inc's Application [1989] RPC 561; Gale's Application [1991] RPC 305; Fujitsu Limited's Application [1997] RPC 608. In short, for software to be patentable, it must produce some sort of effect in the same way ......
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN COPYRIGHT AND PATENT PROTECTION OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE1
    • Singapore
    • Singapore Academy of Law Journal No. 1994, December 1994
    • December 1, 1994
    ...in clause 13(1) of the Singapore Patents Bill. 14 1977, c 37 15 See main text accompanying notes 111 to 127, infra. 16 Gale’s Application [1991] RPC 305 at 321—323. 17 447 US 303 (1980). This case did not involve a computer program related invention, but the attitude expressed in that judgm......

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