German software patent 101: How to draft German software patent claims?

von Bastian Best
Are claims to a computer program acceptable?

If a software-related invention meets the basic patentability criteria and thus is not excluded from patent protection, it can be protected in Germany by all types of claims, including claims directed to a computer program per se.

Are claims for a data carrier necessary?

Since a non-excluded software-related invention can be protected by a claim to the computer program per se, there is generally no need for claiming a tangible medium – for example, a data carrier ...

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