Securing software patents through the EPO

Securing software patents through the EPO

The article “Securing software patents through the EPO” considers patentability of computer implemented inventions before the European Patent Office. Though generally software cannot be patented in Europe, there are various drafting strategies which can increase the probability of favorable examination and grant of applications under the current European practice. This article also considers the “technical character” of computer inventions, and while focusing on criteria set out in the official EPO Guidelines for Examination, it is also aimed at readers who have some knowledge of patent matters but are not necessarily European Patent Attorneys. Enjoy your reading!