Business Method Patents in Europe and their Strategic Use — Evidence from Franking Device Manufacturers


There has been a wide-spread misconception based on the wording of the European Patent Convention (EPC), which is not easily understood by non-experts, that the protection of business methods by patents is prohibited in Europe. As a consequence, a significant body of the legal, academic and business community believes that there is no patent protection available for business method inventions within the European patent system. However, a closer look reveals that business methods are eligible for patentability in Europe and are actually being granted by the European Patent Office despite the apparent exclusion in Article 52 EPC.


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