The European Patent Office will grant a software patent if the invention provides a non-obvious technical contribution to the prior art.
March came with seven new decisions in the EUROPEAN SOFTWARE PATENTS knowledge base relating to artificial intelligence, computer simulations, information modelling and Internet search engines:
Software patents for artificial intelligence?
Artificial intelligence is undoubtedly one of the hottest topics in tech these days. So far, there are only few decisions of the EPO Boards of Appeal dealing specifically with AI.
But some questions have been decided already: According to one Board, the question whether two text documents belong to the same class of documents in respect of their textual content is non-technical. Similarly, classifying data records for a non-technical purpose (e.g. for billing) was considered to be a non-technical issue.(more…)
February 2019 marks the proud start of EUROPEAN SOFTWARE PATENTS with the first batch of decisions:
Two somewhat older decisions relate to the very fundamentals of the EPO’s software patent examination standard: According to the “any hardware approach”, the patent eligibility hurdle only requires one single technical feature (e.g. a computer). The challenging test for most European software patents is inventive step, where only those features which contribute to the solution of a technical problem are taken into account (the so-called “Comvik approach”).(more…)