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German high court declares all software potentially patentable

May 20, 2010, 16:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Florian Mueller)

"In a nutshell:

* After a landmark court ruling, the German perspective on the validity of software patents is now closer than ever to that of the US.

* Basically, Germany has now had its own Bilski case -- with the worst possible outcome for the opponents of software patents.

* Recently, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office upheld that approach to software patents as well, effectively accepting that a computer program stored on a medium must be patentable in principle.

* Defense strategies such as the Defensive Patent License are needed now more than ever."

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