Tonnerre Lombard and André Rebentisch
Patent attorneys and a few large corporations advocate patent law as an appropriate protection tool for software development. Most economists, software professionals and SMEs disagree. They believe patent law does not serve market needs. This year the European Parliament rejected a 'Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions'. However, as the European Patent Offices continues to grant them problems remain. Our expert panel with discuss further developments.