BoycottNovell: Important Step for Software Patents in the European Union
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 25 Oct 2008 19:37
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
As the EPC was drafted, the feeling was that it was better not to define the exclusion precisely in law, but rather that the matter should be left in the hands of the EPO and the national courts. This flexibility is important as technology develops and new technologies emerge. Nevertheless, to quote a working group in 1972: “it was stressed that a matter as important as computer programmes should not be left in a state of prolonged uncertainty pending legal developments”1. Diverging decisions of the boards of appeal have indeed created uncertainty, and answers to the questions arising from these decisions are necessary to enable the further, harmonious development of case law in this field.
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