European patent policy levers in the software industry

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This article investigates whether European patent law, which is in essence technology neutral, is applied in a specific way to software. It finds that there is a strong domain specificity, which has mainly been caused by differentiated application of the exclusions from patentability. To elucidate this differentiation, the article introduces the concepts of absolute and abstraction exclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-42
Number of pages14
JournalCommunications Law - Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • software patent
  • patentability
  • EPC


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