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CIPA on Patents for Computer Programs

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Date:          Tue, 11 May 1999 19:14:36 +0100
Subject:       [FYI] CIPA on Patents for Computer Programs
From: (Axel H. Horns)


The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents

Patents for Computer Programs
Response to EC DGXV Questionnaire

Page last updated 27th April 1999

(submitted in February 1999)

On behalf of the Computer Technology Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents we are pleased to be able to submit our comments and responses to "Some Questions Regarding the Patentability of Computer Programs". Before responding to the specific questions we wish to state that we support the replacement Article 52(1), (2) and (3) of the EPC with Article 27(1) of TRIPS:

Patents shall be available for any inventions, whether products or processes, in all fields of technology, provided that they are new, involve an inventive step and are capable of industrial application (emphasis added)

noting that the terms "inventive step" and "capable of industrial application" are deemed to be synonymous with the terms "non-obvious" and "useful" respectively.