Good news for software patents in Germany?

von Bastian Best

Fig. 1 of EP 1 474 927

Regular readers of this blog will know that the German courts tend to follow a comparatively strict approach when it comes to software patents. Following the landmark decision “webpage display” a number of software-related claims have been rejected for either non-statutory subject-matter (since computer programs as such are not patent-eligible) or lack of inventive step (since purely non-technical features are disregarded).

Two new decisions of the German Federal Court of Justice, however, might have the potential of giving software patent applicants more room to argue patent-eligibility in Germany.

Being in the process of updating the Germany chapter of Software Patents Worldwide, I will provide more elaborate findings on these two decisions soon ...

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