H-online: More disputes over software patents in Europe and in the US
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 17 Mar 2009 13:57
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Summary:
Over the next few months, significant decisions will be made, both in the US and in Europe, concerning the patentability of software and of business practices, decisions which are already casting shadows. Concluding at the end of April, the Enlarged Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPA) is conducting a consultation about the patentability of computer programs. The board hopes that the consultation will help with the processing of the referral by EPA President Alison Brimelow to clarify open questions concerning the controversial interpretations of the European Patent Convention (EPC). The questions refer to Article 52, which states that "programs for computers as such" are not to be regarded as inventions and are therefore excluded from patentability.
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