European #softwarepatent roundup 03/16

For all readers interested in software patent-related case law, here’s the March’16 roundup: New EPO software patent case law Giving nicknames to business contacts: no technical contribution Case T 2428/11 concerned an examination appeal against the rejection of European patent application No. EP 1 770 625 (“Communicating with business customers”). Claim 1 was essentially directed to a communication system with a… Read More

Software patents in Europe: Inventive gambling

The EPO grants software patents on gambling methods – well, at least on their technical implementation. Although the actual rules of a game are excluded from patentability, a non-obvious technical implementation of such rules can indeed be patented in Europe, as the following decision shows. The patent application at stake concerned an interactive gambling application (e.g. for… Read More