Why Patents are Worthless Until They Become Invaluable

I hear many high-tech entrepreneurs say, “Patents are worthless. They stop competitors from copying you, but our competitors aren’t copying us. Our main problem is developing and selling our products, not stopping copiers. What we need to succeed is first-mover advantage and a great marketing and sales operation, not expensive, worthless patents.” What these companies Read more about Why Patents are Worthless Until They Become Invaluable[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 6

This is the sixth and final segment in our series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, an executive at a tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S., this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 6[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 5

We had such a positive response to our four-part series on How to Determine Whether Software is Patentable that we have added two more bonus parts to the series.  This is part 5, which explains another criterion that you can evaluate to help determine whether your software is patentable in the U.S. If you are Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 5[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 4

This is the fourth and final part in a series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, an executive at a tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S., this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 4[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 3

This is part 3 in a series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, an executive at a tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S., this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software is worth considering Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 3[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 2

This is part 2 in a series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, an executive at a tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S., this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software is worth considering Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 2[…]

Update Your Invention, Update your Patent Portfolio

Today I’m going to help you to avoid a very common patent pitfall. I encounter many high tech business owners, executives, and inventors who have the mistaken belief that if they’ve obtained a patent on the original version of a product that the patent will cover the product as a whole forever, but that is Read more about Update Your Invention, Update your Patent Portfolio[…]

Top Reasons for Applying for a Software Patent

Top reasons for applying for a software patent include: 1) you want to signal to potential investors/partners that you are serious about your efforts and have something unique enough to protect via patent; 2) you will need defensive patents to even the playing field against your competitors; and 3) your business model depends on licensing Read more about Top Reasons for Applying for a Software Patent[…]

Five Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before Seeking Patents

Anyone considering investing in patents should interrogate themselves as to their business objectives/motives as early as possible. That means really digging into the details of five key questions, “five Ws” Who are you? Whether you’re an inventor in a garage or in-house attorney at a large, innovative organization, it’s important to ask where this effort is going. Read more about Five Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before Seeking Patents[…]