The concept of "technology" in patent law
PhD student: Dr R.B. Bakels
Promotor: Prof A.W.J. Kamperman Sanders
Duration: 1/7/2002 - 1/1/2008
PhD defence: Maastricht, 25/4/2008
Patents in Europe are supposed to be granted only for "technical" inventions, by tradition. This requirement is particularly important for "software patents". But its application is problematic. My research develops a new "vertical" concept of technology, better related to economic needs than the present "horizontal" concept of technology, and therefore open to "teleological" interpretation and likely to improve legal security.