"Basically, the UK patent office appealed against an
earlier appeal against its own refusal to grant a patent to Symbian
for a programming technique. Yes, you read that correctly: the
Patent Office was trying to get an appeal against its refusal to
grant a patent struck down, because it didn't believe that the
original patent application should be allowed. Through its own
appeal, the UK Patent Office was trying to establish what could and
could not be patented in the world of code."