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  • A Review of the ‘As Such’ Exclusions to Patentable Subject Matter in the United Kingdom: Lessons for Canadian and American Courts

    In this paper, I examine the ‘as such’ exclusions to patentable subject matter found in sub-section 1(2) of the British Patents Act 1977. Sub-section 1(2) essentially covers abstract subject matter that is either ephemeral in nature (like discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods), or subject matter that is generally covered by the law of copyright insofar as the patent application relates to that those items in-and-of themselves (‘as such’).