German high court declares all software potentially patentable
May 20, 2010, 16:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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
* 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."