Software Patents Four step test
The questions which need to be asked are as follows:
(1) What is the correct approach to adopt in determining whether an invention relates to subjectÂ matter that is excluded under Article 52?
(2) How should those elements of a claim that relate to excluded subject matter be treated whenÂ assessing whether an invention is novel and inventive under Articles 54 and 56?
(3) And specifically:
(a) Is an operative computer program loaded onto a medium such as a chip or hard drive of aÂ computer excluded by Art.52(2) unless it produces a technical effect, if so what is meant byÂ ‘technical effect’?
(b) What are the key characteristics of the method of doing business exclusion?