Patents and Software Protection under EU Law

Patents are the protection of choice for software. European patents are regulated under the European Patent Convention (EPC), which differs quite significantly from U.S. patent regulations. Until – and if – a new Directive on the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions is adopted, non-E.U. software vendors need to comply with the requirements established by the European Patent Office (EPO) in order to get patent protection in the European Union (E.U.)

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How are Patents Regulated under EU Law?
What types of Inventions are Patentable under the EPC?
Is Software Patentable under the EPC?
What are the Perspectives regarding Software Patent Protection in the E.U.?
Practically, how does Software Patent Protection Work?


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