TC 7 / 2013 System Modelling and Optimization September 8-13,
European Patent Office
Patents for system modelling and optimisation algorithms?
Imagine you have created a computer-aided method of designing an
airfoil. Is such a computer model patentable? What about a wing
developed using the model? What about software in general?
When does it make sense to apply for a patent? The European Patent
Office grants patents for inventions in a technological area only where
a technical problem is solved by technical means.
This also holds true for innovations where software is involved.
Patents and open software are not mutually exclusive and can exist side
by side and innovators in the computer field are free to use the best
solution for them, depending on the situation.
Experts from the EPO will be at IFIP in Klagenfurt to discuss these issues with delegates.
For more information on patents and software, see www.epo.org/software