The COMVIK approach refers to the second hurdle to software patentability.

Here, only those features in the patent claim which contribute to the solution of a technical problem are taken into account in the inventive step assessment, whereas the non-technical features are ignored.

The COMVIK approach was first introduced in the landmark decision T 0641/00 (Two identities/COMVIK).

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