Case Studies - Surgical console

EPO Board of Appeal decision T 1339/11 (Novartis AG)
In a case where a European Patent had been refused for a surgical console which could be programmed for use both in actual surgical procedures and as a simulator in a training mode, in 2014 we obtained a European Patent on appeal by overturning the case made by the Examination Division that the invention was obvious. Methods of surgery performed on a human body are not patentable; however, this invention was a computer-implemented invention that depended on simulator software.

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