Technical functionality is often described as a channelling mechanism, a doctrine common to all non-technical IP regimes that prevents harmful overlaps (“backdoor patents”). This concept is based on systematic/dogmatic and economic presumptions about the interfaces of IP regimes. This presentation explains some of the most prominent arguments and tries to  challenge their validity, making a case against their utility for the interpretation of exclusionary provisions relating to technical functions.


A light lunch will be provided. All are welcome.