Patentability of computer-implemented inventions in Europe



Computer programs have increasingly become important tools for enabling or managing communications and, in particular, for implementing digital communication systems. Clearly, computer programs may be technical, in particular when implementing a technical algorithm such as digital filtering. However, computer programs do have a linguistic component. This hybrid nature of computer programs, however, often gets in the way of obtaining a patent directed to a computer program from the European Patent Office which grants patents only for technical inventions and not for linguistic works – the latter are subject to copyright. Nevertheless, computer programs are patentable when they contribute to a technical solution of a technical problem in a novel, inventive, and industrially applicable way.
Dr. Robert Klinski studied electrical engineering and telecommunications at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg and received his doctorate with honors from the Munich Technical University in the field of multicarrier communication systems. During his doctorate he worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems in Munich where he designed wired and wireless communication systems and held the position of a project and group leader. Furthermore, he is the author of numerous publications in the field of digital telecommunications and mentioned as inventor in several patents.
Dr. Robert Klinski has been working in the field of intellectual property since 2002 and is the founder of PATENTSHIP, a patent law firm located in Munich, Germany. He is German and European Patent Attorney with the focus on electrical engineering, telecommunications, digital signal processing and software.
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