Ars: EU patent board to decide whether to allow software patents
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 30 Oct 2008 14:44
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Although EU patent law expressly excludes patenting software as such, it does allow patents to be granted for computer-implemented inventions. There are, however, many unanswered questions about the distinction between software methods and computer-implemented inventions. In practice, the EPO has historically granted patent applications in some cases for software methods that are viewed as legitimate technical innovations rather than business innovations. The EPO illustrates the difference by saying that a patent on a software method for improving signal strength between mobile phones is likely to be valid, but a patent on Internet auction systems is probably not.
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