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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).
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