ICT (Information and Communications Technology) spans a broad range of computer hardware and software-based services, applications, and technologies often provided over telecommunications networks. Therefore, implementation of ICT inventions can be said to require a computer, a computer network, or another programmable device.
Computer software as such is of course not patentable, but many inventions implemented by computer are, to the extent that they afford a solution to a technical problem. To enable the patentability of Computer-implemented inventions (CIIs) to be assessed, it is vital for them to have technical character.
Cognizant of the importance of this sector, ELZABURU has a team of qualified patent attorneys specialized in ICT matters who can advise on inventions of this kind, in which the dividing line between patentable and non-patentable subject matter can be finer than in other areas of technology.
Resale of user licences for computer programs. Exhaustion of the distribution right. Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 3 July 2012, UsedSoft (C-128/11)
Computer programs. Scope of protection. Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 2 May 2012, SAS Institute (C-406/10)