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Decisions in 2017

Please find in the following pdf-documents some interesting examples of recent decisions of the Technical Boards of Appeal. The decisions give a nice overview of the satus quo with regards to the EPO's practice on computer implemented inventions.

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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q1-Q3/2017) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2017-Q1_Q3.pdf
PDF-Dokument [285 KB]

Decisions in 2016

Please find in the following pdf-documents some interesting examples of recent decisions of the Technical Boards of Appeal. The decisions give a nice overview of the satus quo with regards to the EPO's practice on computer implemented inventions.

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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q3-Q4/2016) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2016-Q3_Q4.pdf
PDF-Dokument [233 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q2/2016) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2016-Q2.pdf
PDF-Dokument [200 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q1/2016) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2016-Q1.pdf
PDF-Dokument [289 KB]

Decisions in 2015

Please find in the following pdf-documents some interesting examples of recent decisions of the Technical Boards of Appeal. The decisions give a nice overview of the satus quo with regards to the EPO's practice on computer implemented inventions.

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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q4/2015) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2015-Q4.pdf
PDF-Dokument [215 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q3/2015) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2015-Q3.pdf
PDF-Dokument [206 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q2/2015) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2015-Q2.pdf
PDF-Dokument [194 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q1/2015) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2015-Q1.pdf
PDF-Dokument [214 KB]

Decisions in 2014

Please find in the following pdf-documents some interesting examples of recent decisions of the Technical Boards of Appeal. The decisions give a nice overview of the satus quo with regards to the EPO's practice on computer implemented inventions.

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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q4/2014) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2014-Q4.pdf
PDF-Dokument [207 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q3/2014) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2014-Q3.pdf
PDF-Dokument [304 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q2/2014) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2014-Q2.pdf
PDF-Dokument [228 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q1/2014) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2014-Q1.pdf
PDF-Dokument [266 KB]

Decisions in 2013

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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q4/2013) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2013-Q4.pdf
PDF-Dokument [239 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q3/2013) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2013-Q3.pdf
PDF-Dokument [406 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q2/2013) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2013-Q2.pdf
PDF-Dokument [202 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q1/2013) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2013-Q1.pdf
PDF-Dokument [192 KB]

Decisions in 2012

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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q4/2012) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2012-Q4.pdf
PDF-Dokument [384 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q3/2012) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2012-Q3.pdf
PDF-Dokument [192 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q2/2012) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2012-Q2.pdf
PDF-Dokument [170 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q1/2012) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2012-Q1.pdf
PDF-Dokument [151 KB]

Decisions in 2011

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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q4/2011) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2011-Q4.pdf
PDF-Dokument [134 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q3/2011) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2011-Q3.pdf
PDF-Dokument [134 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q2/2011) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2011-Q2.pdf
PDF-Dokument [113 KB]
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Examples of recent decisions (published online Q1/2011) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
recent_EPO_software_decisions_2011-Q1.pdf
PDF-Dokument [206 KB]

G0003/08 from May 12, 2010

The opinion G0003/08 of the Enlarged Board of Appeals from May 12, 2010 confirmed the standing practice of the EPO with regards to the patentability of computer implemented inventions. This EBoA opinion now provides a high degree of reliability with regards to the patentability of computer implemented inventions in Europe.

Basically G0003/08 confirms the modified problem solution approach, which was defined by the Board of Appeals in a landmark decision (COMVIK/Simcard decision) in 2002 with regards to the inventive step threshold for computer implemented inventions. The essence of this decision is that non-technical features in a patent claim cannot contribute to the inventive step of the invention. That is, although a software invention is not excluded from patentability if there is at least one technical feature present in the claim, it must be the differentiating features over the prior art having such technical character to meet the requirement of inventive step in the EPC.

Decisions in 2010

Please find in the following pdf-Dokument some interesting examples of recent decisions of the Technical Boards of Appeal. The decisions give a nice overview of the satus quo with regards to the EPO's practice on computer implemented inventions.

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Examples of recent decisions (2010) of the Technical Boards of Appeal with regards to the patentability of software innovations
BoA_software_examples_2010.pdf
PDF-Dokument [125 KB]