Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stale News: IPAB Dismisses Yahoo’s Appeal from Pre-Grant Patent Rejection

In a 32-page order dated December 8, 2011, the IPAB dismissed the appeal filed by Yahoo Inc against a pre-grant opposition order in which Yahoo's application for a patent on “System and Method for Influencing a Position on a Search Result Listing Generated by a Computer Network Search Engine” was rejected.

The primary (and it appears the sole ground) for dismissal of the appeal was Section 3(k) of the Patents Act which bars grant of patents to computer programmes per se. We will undertake a detailed analysis of the decision shortly and welcome opinions from readers and practitioners on the decision.

I thank Ms.Sunita Sreedharan for drawing my attention to the order!

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