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[News] EPO Lies About Software Patents Policy

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Patents for software?

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| The EPO does not grant patents for computer programs or computer-implemented 
| business methods that make no technical contribution. Programs for computers 
| as such are excluded from patentability by virtue of Art. 52(2)(c) and (3) 
| EPC. According to this patent law, a program for a computer is not patentable 
| if it does not have the potential to cause a "further technical effect" which 
| must go beyond the inherent technical interactions between hardware and 
| software.      
| On the other hand, a CII (even in the form of a computer program) that can 
| provide this further technical effect can be patentable, subject to the other 
| patentability requirements, such as novelty and inventive step. In this case, 
| it would be recognised as providing a technical solution to a technical 
| problem.     


The page is filled with bull.

“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
make more money.

“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
defiance of the treaty that set it up.”

                        --Richard Stallman


EPO lobbying for a Central Patent Court

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| The European Patent Office does not only grant software patents, it also
| lobbies the legislators to validate them through the creation of a central
| patent court.


The Economic Impact of Software Patents

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| The UK's Patent Office – which now goes by the awful name of UK Intellectual
| Property Office, which means it's really the UK Intellectual Monopolies
| Office – is a curious beast. On the one hand, as its name suggests, it's tied
| into one of the biggest confidence tricks around, dressing up conceptual
| mutton as intellectual lamb. On the other, there are odd outbreaks of sanity
| that suggest someone in there understands some of the deeper issues
| concerning software patents.
| [...]
| It's not coincidence that Microsoft still maintains that GNU/Linux infringes
| on some 200 of its sacred software patents – and yet is strangely coy about
| naming them, since it doesn't want its bluff called.

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