Patents for database technology

Yesterday was the first Tuesday in 2020 – time for a new entry in the European software patents knowledge base.

This decision is about database technology. Lately, I had several applications get rejected in first instance based on the argument that the invention involves only logical query optimization (=non-technical), which is by design encapsulated from the physical query execution plan (=technical).

This decision might come in handy. The Board decided that the cost-based optimization of a query in a relational database normally has technical character, as far as it uses a cost estimate for the computer resources (CPU, main memory, hard disk, …).

Unsure whether your software invention will be considered technical at the EPO? Check back regularly, because we publish a new case law summary every Tuesday in the European software patents knowledge base.

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