Opening The Door For Software Patents In Europe

Law360, New York (August 10, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT) -- In a landmark decision on April 22, the German Federal Supreme Court greatly expanded the ability of inventors to claim software inventions under German patent law. The importance of the decision (Dynamische Dokumentenverwertung [Dynamic Document Utilization], No BGH Xa ZB 20/08) cannot be overestimated: More than 60 percent of all European patent litigation takes place in Germany.

Until now, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the courts in Germany have been reluctant to grant and uphold patents on software inventions. This reluctance has been based...
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