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Although software “as such” is not eligible for patent protection, the technical dimension of the object to be patented can allow for patentability.
The judgement of the German Supreme Court of 19th October 2004 - AZ: X ZR33/03 - Patent protection for a communications system: A procedure to operate a communications system is as such not eligible for patent protection.