EPO Launches Microsite on Computer-Implemented Inventions
The European Patent Office has set up a "microsite" at http://cii.european-patent-office.org/ to provide information about the law and practice under the European Patent Convention in the field of computer-implemented inventions proposed legislative reforms in Europe in this field. According to the site,
"In recent years, the patentability of computer-related inventions has been the
subject of intense debate throughout Europe. According to some, granting patents
for computer-implemented inventions stimulates innovation because the financial
and material investment that is needed to develop sophisticated and specialised
software is protected. Others, however, believe that such patents stifle
competition and act as a brake on innovation."