The FFII has informed the IPKat that the UK Patent Office is running a series of workshops on the issue of how to define what a "technical contribution" is in the field of computer-implemented inventions. This issue is the dividing line between patentable and non-patentable software and is the subject of a proposed EU Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.
The workshops will take place as follows
15 March – Coventry
17 March – Bolton
18 March – Bristol
4 April - Belfast
5 April - Glasgow
7 April - London
8 April - Cardiff
The Patent Office is keen to hear the views of software developers, as well
as patent-attorneys and those who own software-related patents.
Software patents - are they just one big game of cat and mouse?
The IPKat says this is your opportunity to get your views on the subject
heard - make sure that you reserve your place by submitting this form before the deadline of 18 February if you want to take part.
Read the FFII's response here
Software patents in the EU and US compared here