Patenting Software Under the EPC

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9780421904903: Patenting Software Under the EPC
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This is a highly practical guide to registering software patents in Europe. The report explains how to formulate a software patent specification and how to formulate claims. It also provides examples of granted software patents, and European Patent Office and UK case law. * All you need to register your client's software patent successfully * Contains an essential compendium of 50 EPO case summaries, to help practitioners understand the context and importance of the decisions * The only publication of its kind to deal with the patenting of software in Europe from a patent attorney's perspective * Contains authoritative commentary on notable cases

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Valuable software at risk from 'cyber pirates' Valuable software is remaining unpatented and unprotected due to widespread confusion in the industry. Many key players in the software industry have no idea that their products can be patented. In Patenting Software, Sweet & Maxwell author Keith Beresford warns that many software writers are unaware that their valuable intellectual property is at risk. He said: 'Years of hard work are on the line due to the confusion that exists in this area. So it is important to stress that it is possible to write a successful software patent. The European Patent Office (EPO) has already approved more than 15,000 of them. Entrepreneurs developing new software-related businesses need to know that protecting their software is possible but, equally that existing third-party patents may have a damaging impact upon their plans.' The term 'software' covers computer programmes for a vast range of patent applications. These include: internet and e-commerce software, artificial intelligence, computer aided-design, computer graphics, natural language processing, computer simulation and speech recognition. Patenting Software is designed to help practitioners deal with the problem by showing how to register software patents in Europe. It explains how to formulate claims and gives examples of granted software patents, European and UK case law. First Financial press cutting - October 2000 (full).


This is the only publication to deal with the patenting of software in Europe from a patent attorney's perspective. It deciphers a confusing area of law, and provides all the necessary information on how to register a client's software patent successfully. It also contains an essential compendium of EPO case summaries, to help practitioners understand the context and importance of the decisions. It will assist patent practitioners in the UK and Europe understand their own patent system, while educating patent attorneys from other jurisdictions (such as the US) who wish to obtain patent protection in Europe, helping them understand how the European system differs from their own processes.

It is divided into two parts, the first provides guidance on how to prepare a software patent and the second comprising a compendium of significant cases with commentary * Written from a practitioner-oriented perspective, with clear, readable explanations of how to go about the patent application process, * Covers the European process for patenting software, and in particular resolves the confusion that has persisted about whether or not it is possible to patent software * Deals with the legacy of the failed computer-related inventions Directive

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