What is computer program?

Computer Program

A computer program (also software, or just a program or application) is a sequence of instructions written to perform a specified task with a computer. A computer requires programs to function, typically executing the program's instructions in a central processor. The program has an executable form that the computer can use directly to execute the instructions. The same program in its human-readable source code form, from which executable programs are derived (e.g., compiled), enables a programmer to study and develop its algorithms.

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Loop Variant
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... One aspect of the practice change was a reversal in the UKIPO practice concerning computer program claims ... the UKIPO had allowed claims directed to a computer program if the method performed by the computer program was itself patentable ... the claim, the UKIPO decided that claims to a computer program were not a permissible form of claim even if the underlying method was found to be patentable ...

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