Technical Contribution

  • Making software quicker is not patentable

    … a technical contribution to the art. 10.1 By way of illustration, let it be assumed that the method in question is a non-tech­­nical one, for example a mathema­tical method or a method of doing bu­si­ness. 10.2 Under Article 52(2)(a) and (c) and (3) EPC, this method will not be regarded as an invention in the sense of Article 52(1) EPC. 10.3 Any…

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  • European #softwarepatent roundup 03/16

    … For all readers interested software patent-related case law, here’s the March’16 roundup: New EPO software patent case law Giving nicknames to business contacts: no technical contribution EP 1 770 625 A1Case T 2428/11 concerned an examination appeal against the rejection of European patent application No. EP 1 770 625 (“Communicating…

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  • European #softwarepatent roundup

    … roundup: Executive summary: Cryptography: Improving the level of trust in a digital certificate – not inventive Controlling task execution for multimedia source encoding – not inventive Implementing virtual storage pools – not inventive Mathematics: Validating atomic operations in multiprocessor systems – technical and inventive! Data…

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  • Only technical features can form an “invention” in Germany

    … on the technical features of a patent claim. The invention The case to be decided related to a European patent on a method for the perspective display of a part of a topographic map. Claim 1 to be assessed read as follows: A method for the perspective display of a part of a topographic map by selecting, in dependence of a position (c) of a vehicle…

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  • „Software Patents Worldwide“ – Germany chapter #22

    … It’s been a while since our Germany chapter of “Software Patents Worldwide“ was last updated. The revised edition #22 will be published in December and includes the most recent software patent-related decisions of the German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ). In particular, the decisions “image stream” (BGH Bildstrom) and “airplane status” (BGH…

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  • Good news for software patents in Germany?

    … 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…

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