Software and Patents in Europe

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The computer program exclusion from Article 52 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) proved impossible to uphold as industry moved over to digital technology, and the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Organisation (EPO) felt emboldened to circumvent the EPC in Vicom by creating the legal fiction of 'technical effect'. This 'engineer's solution' emphasised that protection should be available for a device, a situation which has led to software and business methods being protected throughout Europe when the form of ...

Software and Patents in Europe 2011, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521329620

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Software and Patents in Europe 2007, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521868396

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