All About European Software Patents

Startup patents: The second worst reason why startups should file patents

As we’ve talked about the #1 bad reason why startups should file patents, let’s take a look at the second worst reason: Also this reason is fine from an academic viewpoint. Patents are business assets just like physical objects. They can be bought and sold, exchanged, or “rented out”, i.e. the patent owner may allow… Read More


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Startup patents: The #1 BAD REASON why startups should file patents

I’m just preparing some presentation slides for a talk I will be giving tomorrow at the Center for Digital Technology and Management, a joint institution of the two universities we have here in Munich. The topic of my lecture will be “IP strategies for startups” – and a large part will be about patents, obviously. And… Read More


European software patents master list

Whether a particular feature of a software invention is technical (=patentable) or not (=not patentable) really hinges on the individual case. Here’s a list of EPO case law that has clarified this question for some software-related features.

Programming, modelling, and new programming languages are hardly patentable

As in the previous decision, also this decision is rather bad news for software developers who intend to protect their creations with software patents. Some key takeaway messages: Neither modelling nor programming is, by itself, a technical undertaking Modifications to a programming language that enable the programmer to develop a program with greater ease, speed… Read More

Software Patents Worldwide - Germany 2017

Software Patents Worldwide – Germany chapter hot off the press

As every year, I’ve used the Christmas holidays to update my contribution to Software Patents Worldwide. It’s a comprehensive loose-leaf collection published by Kluwer Law International and provides expert insights and how-to guidance on drafting software patent claims in the world’s key markets. I’ve been co-authoring the chapter on software patents in Germany for four years now. The… Read More

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