The Italian Law Journal | ItaLJ

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Hybridizations, Contaminations, Triangulations: 
Itineraries in Comparative Law Through the Legal Systems of Italy and Japan

edited by Giorgio F. Colombo

 

Software and Patent Law:
Reverse Contaminations, Hybridizations and Trends,
Observed Through the Legal Systems of Italy (and the EPC System), Japan, and the United States

by Matteo Dragoni

This article compares how software inventions are protected by patent law in Italy (and the European Patent Convention (EPC) system), United States and Japan. Notwithstanding said legal systems appear to be so distant one from the other, surprising similarities may be found. The article describes such findings and attempts to provide an explanation of the same by looking at the peculiarities of the legal systems involved and how the patent system itself operates internationally.

 

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