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Software Patents are Challenging but Achievable

Software patents for original computer software are awarded if they meet the standards set by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The first standard is that the software be based on an abstract idea that results in an inventive computer program. Technological processes in networking or computer design have a better chance of being approved. Advances in user interface are also very popular. Since computer technology is rapidly changing, the rules for software patents change too. That’s why it is important for software inventors seeking patents to stay current with the most recent guidelines established by the USPTO.

The parameters for software patents should be carefully reviewed periodically to note any changes to the standards. It will also help to study recent software patent legal cases and Supreme Court rulings to avoid any possible delays or problems in receiving your software patent.

Filing Your Software Patent Application

When you decide to file an application for a software patent, there are certain items that must be included. Use flowcharts to provide a thorough explanation of how the software works with existing hardware. Describe algorithms and code to create a clear picture of the process involved. The patent is awarded because of the process, so they need to understand it and realize why it is special.

When describing the process, focus on specific details and not just the big picture. Secondary details and multiple steps should be discussed to provide a complete representation of the software. Diagrams and audio-visual support, as well as a demonstration of how the software works, might improve your chances of getting approved.

Those critical of software patents are worried that the market is being saturated and too many bad patents are getting approved. Some argue there is no finite definition for software, so how can it be patented? Others say that since there is so much existing software without patents, how can the system be monitored? They may be protected by copyright, but that doesn’t offer as much protection as a patent.

Even though software patents can be difficult to acquire, many are granted every year. So if you have a good idea for unique computer software, it is always best to apply for a patent to protect your intellectual property.

We Do All The Work

Virtual IP Law will do all the work for you. We have the knowledge and experience to help you through the software patent application process, so it meets the standards expected for approval.

Virtual IP Law will conduct the required research to prove that your software is original beyond doubt. After receiving your patent, we will make sure that you are able to retain it.

Being aware of recent changes in software patent law will protect your invention over the long term. If there is ever any infringement of your software patent, Virtual IP Law will investigate.

If your patent is ever challenged, we will be there every step of the way. Work with a legal team committed to getting your software patent approved as quickly as possible and protecting it over the long term. If you want to patent new software without the stress, Virtual IP Law is the answer.