The software patent attorneys at Paul & Paul have decades of experience in the area of intellectual property law. This is critical for those in the computer software industry. Infringement can set back development and sales by companies of all sizes.
From software development to software applications through to patent litigation, the software patent attorneys at Paul & Paul are uniquely qualified to provide legal services. Our patent attorneys not only have extensive legal experience in the patent process, but they also have backgrounds in software innovation, computer networks, technology, and many other diverse fields. This knowledge enables them to counsel inventors and clients on a new invention and how to protect that idea and their trade secrets so their business goals can be met through the sometimes time-consuming process of patent protection.
The software patent attorneys at Paul & Paul can help individuals and software developers protect their software-related inventions, software ideas, and intellectual property in a number of ways including:
In addition to these patenting services, our software patent attorneys can also counsel clients on other legal issues related to software product development and innovation, such as copyright law, trade secrets, and data privacy.
Whether you are an individual inventor or a large company, working with an experienced intellectual property attorney can help you protect your valuable intellectual property and ensure that you are taking full advantage of the opportunities available in the software industry.
In general, software can be patented if it meets the criteria for patentability, which includes being novel, non-obvious, and useful. However, the patentability of software varies depending on the specific jurisdiction and the nature of the software invention.
In the United States, the USPTO has specific guidelines for patenting software-related inventions. The guidelines state that software can be patented if it meets the following requirements:
Under these guidelines, software that is purely abstract or theoretical in nature may not be patentable. However, software that involves a specific technical implementation or solves a specific technical problem may be eligible for patent protection. Examples of software that have been successfully patented in the US include:
It’s worth noting that the laws and regulations around software patents are constantly evolving, and the patentability of specific software inventions can be complex and difficult to determine. Therefore, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable software patent attorney to evaluate the patentability of your specific software invention and to navigate the patent application process.
While the rules and guidelines for patenting software inventions can be complex, some general categories of software technology that may be eligible for patent protection include:
At Paul & Paul, our software patent attorneys stay current on the latest developments in the software industry and software patent law and work closely with clients to evaluate the patentability of their specific software patents. As new technology emerges, such as artificial intelligence, and medical devices, the software patent attorneys in our law firm stay informed of how new software can be protected by patents.
The time it takes to obtain a software patent in Pennsylvania can vary depending on several factors. Some key points to consider include:
It’s important to note that the time it takes to obtain a software patent can be impacted by factors such as the complexity of the invention, the quality of the patent application, and the level of communication between the applicant and the USPTO.
At Paul & Paul, your patent attorney will work closely with clients to navigate the patent application process and help them understand the potential timelines and costs associated with obtaining a software patent.
Our patent lawyers have decades of experience in patent law. We counsel clients from individuals to large corporations from idea through development to application and ultimately obtaining a patent. Our practice and attorneys have dedicated themselves to ensuring you have the protection of a patent so you can focus on growing your company.
Contact us today if you are in need of software patent advice. We’re here to help.