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computer program

a set of instructions set out in a clear and logical sequence which tells a processor within a COMPUTER how to perform a particular task. Computer programs are often written in ‘high-level’ program languages like BASIC (beginners all-purpose symbolic instruction code) or COBOL (common business-orientated language), but must then be converted into MACHINE CODE for use in a computer.
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If you could write a computer programme that could solve the problem really fast, you could adapt it to solve many of the most important problems that affect us all daily," said Professor Ian Gent.
Although the problem has been solved by human beings, once the chess board increases to a large size no computer programme can solve it.
On a preliminary basis, the French delegation suggested, in the event claims about a computer programme are not included in the scope of article 5, that thought might be given to adapting the definition of counterfeiting so as to allow holders of licences for programme-implementable inventions to take legal action against people who copy and/or sell copies of media featuring the computer program underlying the invention.

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