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 in Europe: Information modelling is in itself not patent-eligible

The patent application at stake in decision T 0049/99 (Information modelling/INTERNATIONAL COMPUTERS) of March 5, 2002 concerned a method for analysing a physical system such as a manufacturing plant. The output of the claimed method was in essence an object-oriented information model reflecting the essential properties of the system. The technical board of appeal 3.5.01… Read More