SAS ruling by EU Court of Justice on 2 May 2012
There is no ruling yet in ECJ case C-406/10, SAS Institute v. World Programing Ltd, and the case deals with an alleged copyright infringement, not a patent infringement, however, the ECJ's Advocats General (the court's legal advisory body) has made interesting comments.
Excerpts with implications for patents
If it were accepted that a functionality of a computer program can be protected as such, that would amount to making it possible to monopolize ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development,
- EU court adviser: copyright doesn't protect software functions, 29 Nov 2011, Reuters
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