Patentability of Computer Programs

Eduard Szattler

Abstract

With regard to continuous legal uncertainty in the field of software patenting in
Europe it is appropriate to evaluate development and current situation of
protecting software as a basic structural element and a structural tool of
cyberspace. The question does not stand whether to adopt a unifying European
regulation, but rather what should this regulation be like in the context of
understanding software and patents, what should be its significance in further
research and development of computer programs, and last but not least, what effect
can it have on innovation of software industry.

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