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I know that no software can be patented in Europe. But what if I use software in an electronic board, and introduce that hardware? Can that be patented?

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Software cannot be patented although it does have copyright.

Hardware can be the subject of a patent, however, that would not cover any software aspects such as the programming built into a PROM.

While it is possible to render any software into an integrated circuit, practically, anything simple enough to make this feasible is probably too simple to patent.

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