COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED INVENTIONS AND THE COLOMBIAN PATENT OFFICE
The Colombian Patent Office used to regularly object computer-implemented inventions on the grounds of Article 15 of Decision 486 which states that computer programs, software and methods for presenting information shall not be considered inventions. However, it is increasingly common to find more granted patents in this area of technology, provided that the object of the invention does not point directly to software since it must also correspond to a product or process.
In practice we find that the granted patents are those that present procedures, since patents that present objects are often affected by novelty or inventive step. The aforementioned, since functionality features are ignored when the examination is performed.
Therefore there is now a greater chance of obtaining patents for such inventions that are of great interest in today’s competitive technology market.