[erlang-questions] Best way to do wall time alarms?

Ulf Wiger (TN/EAB) <>
Wed Jan 24 09:30:21 CET 2007

Bengt Kleberg wrote:
>     EPO guidelines 1978: "If the contribution to the known art resides
>     solely in a computer program then the subject matter is not
>     patentable in whatever manner it may be presented in the claims."

You need to update your signature. ;)

The "New Guidelines":

   1. Art 52(2) EPC is a list of non-inventions.
   2. The "programs for computers" listed therein are
      "computer-implementable inventions".
   3. Programs can be patented as such, when they have a 
      "further technical effect".
   4. Practically all programs have a "further technical effect".


The Guidelines for Examination clarify that while a program
is not patentable in itself, what it does is, assuming that 
the program actually solves a technical problem and does 
something (observably) useful. Then, the concepts embodied 
in the program are patentable (barring prior art).

/Ulf W

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