Software patents in Europe: It’s all about the technical contribution!

Is software patentable in Europe?

Well, the short answer is “Yes”, but only if it provides a non-obvious technical contribution:

In other words, the invention needs to solve a technical problem in a clever way.

For example, if the software runs

  • more efficiently,
  • more secure,
  • more robust,
  • more scalable, or
  • more user-friendly ,

your software patent is in pretty good shape! (provided that the solution is somewhat “clever”)

On the other hand, if the unique thing about the software product is really in the business idea, and the technical implementation of that idea in software is trivial, you won’t get a software patent in Europe.

Find out more in my article “How to get your software patent allowed in Europe”.


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