The Best Practice Podcast

The future is digital, but the European patent system was created with physical inventions in mind. Join European patent attorney Bastian Best as he explores the possibilities and limits of the European patent system for digital innovations, sharing his first-hand insights and practical tips along the way.

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#5 G1/19 first reactions w/ Rudolf Teschemacher and many more

Last week, the Enlarged Board of Appeal finally published its long-awaited decision G1/19 about the patentability of computer simulations. Does it revolutionize the patentability of computer simulations and patents for software in general, as some had hoped? Or is it rather a controlled evolution of the EPO’s framework for computer-implemented inventions? To find out I talked to a number of great experts in the field.

#4 Novelty w/ Patrick Heckeler

Of course, an invention needs to be “novel” to be patentable. But does any difference over the prior art do the trick? Or does there have to be a technically relevant difference? I sat down with Patrick Heckeler to discuss a recent EPO decision involving that question.

#3 Patenting database technology: EPO guidelines update

What types of inventions in database technology are patentable in Europe? The EPO guidelines will be updated on 1 March 2021 with a new section specifically on database management systems and information retrieval. In this episode I will walk you through the final draft of the new section to see how clear the guidance is.


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