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Patents are not granted in Europe for computer programs "as such". But they are granted for the mysterious "computer-implemented inventions". Put that together with the imminent Unitary Patent Court that will allow companies in 25 EU countries to be sued using just a single patent, plus a shift from national jurisdictions to one overseen by the software patent-friendly European Patent Office, and you have a recipe for disaster. US-style patent trolls, which have cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars (details included) are probably coming to Europe soon.