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Computers

Besides the protection of computer hardware it is now also possible, thanks to the latest Decisions of the European Patent Office, to have software solutions protected in Europe. The requirement which must be fulfilled is for them to provide a "technical contribution".

The jurisdiction in this particular field of industrial property rights is in a continuous development which we are observing thoroughly since above all the European Legislation is now trying to achieve further harmonisation after the initial refusal of the directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.