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T 1173/97

Index T 1173/97

T 1173/97, also known as Computer program product/IBM or simply Computer program product, is a decision of a Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO), issued on July 1, 1998. [1]

19 relations: Appeal procedure before the European Patent Office, Computer, Computer hardware, Computer program, European Patent Convention, G 3/08, Grant procedure before the European Patent Office, Invention, Inventive step under the European Patent Convention, List of decisions of the EPO Boards of Appeal relating to Article 52(2) and (3) EPC, Novelty (patent), Patent claim, Patentable subject matter, Prior art, Software, Software patents under the European Patent Convention, T 258/03, T 931/95, TRIPS Agreement.

Appeal procedure before the European Patent Office

The European Patent Convention (EPC), the multilateral treaty instituting the legal system according to which European patents are granted, contains provisions allowing a party to appeal a decision issued by a first instance department of the European Patent Office (EPO).

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Computer

A computer is a device that can be instructed to carry out sequences of arithmetic or logical operations automatically via computer programming.

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Computer hardware

Computer hardware includes the physical parts or components of a computer, such as the central processing unit, monitor, keyboard, computer data storage, graphic card, sound card and motherboard.

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Computer program

A computer program is a collection of instructions for performing a specific task that is designed to solve a specific class of problems.

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European Patent Convention

The European Patent Convention (EPC), also known as the Convention on the Grant of European Patents of 5 October 1973, is a multilateral treaty instituting the European Patent Organisation and providing an autonomous legal system according to which European patents are granted.

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G 3/08

Under case number G 3/08, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO issued on May 12, 2010 an opinion in response to questions referred to it by the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Alison Brimelow, on October 22, 2008.

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Grant procedure before the European Patent Office

The grant procedure before the European Patent Office (EPO) is an ex parte, administrative procedure, which includes the filing of a European patent application, the examination of formalities, the establishment of a search report, the publication of the application, its substantive examination, and the grant of a patent, or the refusal of the application, in accordance with the legal provisions of the European Patent Convention (EPC).

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Invention

An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process.

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Inventive step under the European Patent Convention

Under the European Patent Convention (EPC), European patents shall be granted for inventions which inter alia involve an inventive step.

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List of decisions of the EPO Boards of Appeal relating to Article 52(2) and (3) EPC

This list provides a guide to decisions of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) relating to.

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Novelty (patent)

Novelty is a requirement for a patent claim to be patentable.

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Patent claim

In a patent or patent application, the claims define, in technical terms, the extent, i.e. the scope, of the protection conferred by a patent, or the protection sought in a patent application.

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Patentable subject matter

Patentable, statutory or patent-eligible subject matter is subject matter which is susceptible of patent protection.

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Prior art

Prior art (state of the art or background art), in most systems of patent law, is constituted by all information that has been made available to the public in any form before a given date that might be relevant to a patent's claims of originality.

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Software

Computer software, or simply software, is a generic term that refers to a collection of data or computer instructions that tell the computer how to work, in contrast to the physical hardware from which the system is built, that actually performs the work.

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Software patents under the European Patent Convention

The patentability of software, computer programs and computer-implemented inventions under the European Patent Convention (EPC) is the extent to which subject matter in these fields is patentable under the Convention on the Grant of European Patents of October 5, 1973.

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T 258/03

T 258/03, also known as Auction Method/Hitachi, is a decision of a Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO), issued on April 21, 2004.

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T 931/95

T 931/95, commonly known as Pension Benefit Systems Partnership, is a decision of a Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO), issued on September 8, 2000.

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TRIPS Agreement

The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is an international legal agreement between all the member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Computer program product/IBM, ECLI:EP:BA:1998:T117397.19980701, T1173/97.

References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T_1173/97

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