The European software patents master list

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:

Work in progress
I will update this list as the European case law on software patents evolves. Did I miss an interesting decision? Let me know!

C

Cryptography – improving the level of trust in a digital certificate: technical but obvious

Cryptography – encrypting/decrypting messages and signing electronic messages: technical

E

Encrypted data communication: technical but obvious

G

Secure offline interactive gambling: technical and non-obvious

Rules for playing games: non-technical

Gaming – setting game parameters based on slide operations: non-technical

L

Logistics planning, statistical mathematics: non-technical

M

Optimizing marketing campaigns: non-technical

Mathematical methods: non-technical as such

Object-oriented information modelling reflecting the properties of a system: non-technical as such

N

Giving nicknames to business contacts: non-technical

S

Speeding up a computer algorithm: non-technical

Displaying status information about a device: technical but obvious (displaying operating faults of an escalator)

Work in progress
I will update this list as the European case law on software patents evolves. Did I miss an interesting decision? Let me know!

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