ComputerWorldUK: The EPO's Reductio ad Absurdum
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 28 Oct 2008 11:41
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The exclusion of “programs for computers” is pretty plain – except for that “as such” tucked on at the end of paragraph 3, which has caused all the problems. The central issue is whether a patent might still be given for software, not for itself - “as such” - but for what has come to be known as its “technical effect”. Roughly speaking, this means that it does something in the outside world, although pinning down what exactly a technical effect is has proved as difficult as deciding what is or is not patentable in software.
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