Making software quicker is not patentable

This is an interesting decision for programmers, since the EPO Board of Appeal 3.5.06 had to decide whether the reduction of the execution time of a computer-implemented method is a technical effect and thus potentially patentable.

The board’s answer in a nutshell:

The improved speed of a computer program is not by itself a technical contribution to the art.

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Softwarepatente: Aktuelles aus deutscher, europäischer und US-Rechtsprechung [Vortragsfolien]

Falls Sie sich für den Status Quo der Patentierbarkeit von Software-Erfindungen interessieren, könnten diese Vortragsfolien hilfreich sein.

Die Folien entstammen einem Vortrag im Rahmen der IP Akademie, den Stefan Steinbrener und ich am 16. Dezember 2015 gehalten haben. Wir diskutieren dort die ständige Rechtsprechung zu Softwarepatenten in Deutschland, Europa und den USA und führen durch interessante aktuelle Entscheidungen auf den Gebieten grafische Benutzeroberflächen, mathematische Methoden, Geschäftsmethoden und Signale.

Die Folien gibt es auf SlideShare zum Download.

Goodbye K’s Law, hello ebook!

Readers of my scrapbook will most probably also follow Oliver Randl’s K’s Law, a great blog featuring an almost daily extract from a decision of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO.

Fortunately, Oliver has recently been appointed technical member of a Board of Appeal, though this means that his blog will no longer be continued. Oliver’s achievement in case law blogging is remarkable, as K’s Law includes a total of 1,387 articles with round about one discussed decision per day since 14 September 2009.

To make sure that this valuable resource does not get lost, Oliver allowed me to compile all of the blog’s content into a single PDF file which is available for download free of charge.

Note that the file is quite large, since it includes all of the 1,387 posts published on K’s Law between 14 Sep 2009 and 7 Jan 2014.

Here’s the download link:

“K’s Law — The ebook”
(PDF · 3,398 pages · 30MB)

Happy case law reading!