Epoch Company Ltd v Character Options Ltd [2017] EWHC 556 

This judgment concerned patent infringement and validity proceedings for a patent for water soluble beads being a child’s creative toy. The patent was found infringed but invalid on the grounds of obviousness. In particular, the judgment considers the argument that the patent was invalid on the grounds that it consisted of excluded subject matter, being an aesthetic invention. The court applied UK and EPO decisions on the patentability of computer-related inventions by way of analogy.

Guy Tritton acted for the defendant.

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