Computer Software

There is no special legal act regulating legal protection of computer software.

Additional Information

Under certain circumstances, the following legal acts can be used for protection of computer software:

(A) Copyright Law, in force since December 22, 1992, last amended in 1999.

Protection: arises for a computer program basing on an original intellectual creative work of the author. 

Registration: not provided. 

Expiry of protection: seventy years from the date of death of the author.

(B) Patent Law, in force since May 23, 1994, amended in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2008.

The Patent Law excludes legal protection of computer programs per se but patent protection will not be excluded if a computer program is a part of an invention i.e. in the case of a so-called computer-implemented invention.