Electronic dataprocessing and invention protection
Special problems are occuring with so-called "software patents", which do legally not exist within Europe as well in Germany, because the protection of software by granted patent is excluded. A combination of a product plus a computer program as "data storage medium with a stored copy of a computer program..." can overcome this protection obstacle with appropriate scope of protection.
For hardware such as processor, memory, drive, product protection can be obtained by patent application and utility model. This also applies to a manufacturing process or operating procedure short "Operating system ".