Questions specifically relating to the patent systems of the European Union and the European Patent Convention.

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Is it true that you can avoid infringing on a patent merely by not being aware of it in EU?

A friend of mine says you can avoid infringing on a patent merely by not being aware of it in EU, and that for this reason organisations have policies against posting links to patent in mailing lists ...
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SURF algorithm in OpenCV library for commercial use (Europe)

According to this article, SURF algorithm is marked as patented in Europe. Therefore, since I'm planning to use it in my company commercially, I would like to know if there is any reliable way to ...
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EU (non-US, european) patent EP 1148681 - software patent and prior art

EP 1148681 is a EU patent owned by Nokia. Nokia has been granted an injunction against all of HTC's Android devices based on this patent. This shouldn't even be patentable in the EU, since software ...
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Is SIFT algorithm patent valid in Europe?

I want to use the SIFT algorithm for my scientific research (in EU, concretely SP), but it may end in a commercial software. I've searched the internet and what I found is that the patent is only in ...
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Patents on construction kits in germany

Can patents restrict the noncommercial distribution of schematics and contstruction kits in germany? Example: A company is patent holder for a blinking LED. A student puts schematics and partlists ...
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Is patent awarded or pending

A foldable footwear, EP2382885 A1 Is this patent awarded or pending? If it is pending, how long will it be before a decision is issued?
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Are US software patents enforceable in the UK?

The UK Patent Act 1977 clearly states that It is hereby declared that the following (among other things) are not inventions for the purposes of this Act, that is to say, anything which consists of ...