[vdr] patents (was: sc)

Udo Richter udo_richter at gmx.de
Sat Oct 29 00:36:26 CEST 2005


Clemens Kirchgatterer wrote:
> there is no such thing as a (legally) patented algorithm in europe
> (yet).

Actually, there is. Software is currently patentable, if it is integral
part of a technical invention. However, this is very widely
interpretable. An user interface can be (and has been) interpreted as a
method to use a monitor, making it patentable. Clarifying this in one or
the other way was goal of the EU software patents fight, and since the
whole thing was canceled, the status quo hasn't changed.

See:
http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/de/m/politics/current.html
http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/politics/current.html

Cheers,

Udo





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