Cepis: Software 2.0: Rebooting Europe’s Software Industry
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 03 Jun 2009 13:44
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In Europe, patents are not generally available for software (known in legal jargon as ‘software as such’), but inventions with technical effect that are implemented by software (sometimes called ‘computer-implemented inventions’ or ‘CIIs’) are patentable in the same way as other inventions. National patent offices and the European Patent Office have granted patents on CIIs since 1973. Computer-implemented inventions which only solve a business problem using a computer, rather than a technical problem, are considered unpatentable as lacking an inventive step, although they are allowed in the United States. Controversial proposals to widen CII provisions in Europe to include business methods were rejected by the European Parliament in 2006 […check date??].
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