As Such explaines

[ Lenz 52EPC | IBM/Computer Program Product | EPO Examination guide ]

In the verdict T 1173/97 IBM/Computerprogram product the EPO Technical Board of Appel made a differentiation between programs for computers that are computer programs as such and computer programs that not computer programs as such. This interpretation provides the basis for granting many software patents.

In a mail to Jeroen Dekkers and the "bxl-list" (dated 20041024) Hartmut Pilch explains that "as such" is an intonatory particle, also called appositive, with about as much meaning as the particle "it" in "it is raining":

Some more discussion about the meaning of Art 52 EPC is found on




Hartmut Pilch also explained the background of "as such" on the mailing list patents (at) 20031023:

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