How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 5

After having such a positive response to our four part series on How to determine whether software is patentable, we’ve added two more bonus parts to this series that will cover another criterion that you can use to evaluable whether your software is likely to be patentable.

If you’re an inventor, an executive at a high tech company or a patent lawyer outside the US, this installment will at least help you to make a first pass determination of whether your software is worth considering for patent protection.

In this episode, I will focus on whether your software brings about an improvement to computer technology. If your software does bring about an improvement, this will weigh in favor of your software being patentable in the US, although it isn’t a guarantee. If your software does not improve computer technology, it is a factor to take into account. At Blueshift IP, we’ve been able to get patents granted for our clients whose software doesn’t necessarily improve computer technology.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What it means for software to improve computer technology [2:52]
  • An example for software to compute an improvement to technology [4:39]
  • What to do when you’re evaluating your own software [6:55]

This can be a tricky criterion to apply so it’s really important to retain competent patent counsel who is up to date on the latest nuances of this law.

I hope you have enjoyed and benefited from this series of podcasts on how to determine whether your software is patentable.  Feel free to use this series of podcasts as a checklist when trying to determine whether to pursue patent protection for any new software.  And reach out to us at Blueshift IP: Software Patent Experts, for guidance and help in obtaining software patents in the U.S.




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