The computer and tech industries are booming. As such, innovative software is frequently being developed that changes how people communicate, how information is stored, and how companies do business.
Software is a type of intellectual property in its origin; it is a creation of the mind. And, software can be one of the most valuable assets for an individual or small business. If you or your business has developed software that is new, useful, and non-obvious, you need to seek a software patent, and the counsel of a software patent attorney in Boston, immediately.
What is a software patent?
The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure has defined a software patent as any patent “on any performance of a computer realized by means of a computer program.”
While there is no exact legal definition for a software patent from the United States Patent and Trademark office, a patent is a set of legal rights to an invention or discovery given to the inventor by the government. A software patent, then, gives the creator of the software exclusive rights to use, sell, distribute, and market that software.
There is currently ongoing debate about whether and what kind of software patents should be allowed. You can consult with a software patent attorney to find out whether or not your software invention is patentable.
Do I need an attorney to file for a software patent?
Receiving a patent for your software is incredibly complex. Before applying for a patent, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have the economic resources to fund patent pursuit and litigation?
- Do you believe your software will yield financial gain?
- Have you researched your software and your market?
If you have answered these questions in the affirmative, an attorney can help you write and file your patent application. Keep in mind that it generally takes a minimum of two years for a software patent to be granted and this time frame can increase dramatically depending on what happens to the application in the Patent Office. To streamline the process as much as possible, and to ensure that your patent application is filed accurately and in full, hiring a patent lawyer is in your best interest.
Schedule a Consultation with a Boston Software Patent Attorney Today
If you have questions about software patents, are unsure whether or not you should apply for a software patent, or are ready to begin the patent application process, contact the software patent attorneys at Altman & Martin. Our Boston-area law firm has been in the business for over 50 years, and specializes exclusively in patent and trademark law. Contact us online or call us at 617-523-3515 to set up a consultation today.