Software Patent Law: United States and Europe Compared

By: Michael Guntersdorfer

Software is a global business. Patents are increasingly the protection of choice; as a consequence, international software patent laws are of growing importance to software vendors. This article focuses on European patent law and how it differs from United States law in regards to software technology. Statutes and relevant case law of both unions are discussed and compared, providing an introductory secondary source for scholars and practitioners.

Cite: 2003 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0006