PATENTABILITY OF NETWORK SYSTEM FOR ONLINE AUCTIONS

To obtain a patent for Internet system software, it is not sufficient merely to demonstrate the application of existing processes to the Internet. Non-obviousness demands some form of innovation beyond simple re-applications of existing technology.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the implications of the Muniauction, Inc. case for software patents?
What grounds for a patent infringement claim did Muniauction recognize?
What are the underlying problems with software patents of this kind?
How does the practice of software patenting differ in Europe?

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