Patents for database technology

Yesterday was the first Tuesday in 2020 - time for a new entry in the European software patents knowledge base.This decision is about database technology. Lately, I had several applications get rejected in first instance based on the argument that the invention involves only logical query optimization (=non-technical), which is by design encapsulated from the … Continue reading Patents for database technology

Blockchain for IP registers [presentation slides]

I was talking about possible blockchain applications for IP registers at the IP Executive Week recently. It’s an event organized by the EPO and EUIPO where management level staff of international IP offices met in Munich to learn about the technological and organizational challenges of the future. For the interested, here are my presentation slides: … Continue reading Blockchain for IP registers

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Software Patents Worldwide — Germany chapter hot off the press

As every year, I’ve used the Christmas holidays to update my contribution to Software Patents Worldwide. It’s a comprehensive loose-leaf collection published by Kluwer Law International and provides expert insights and how-to guidance on drafting software patent claims in the world’s key markets. I’ve been co-authoring the chapter on software patents in Germany for four … Continue reading Software Patents Worldwide — Germany chapter hot off the press

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