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. This is the sixth and final part of the series.

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

In this episode, we will focus on the criterion on whether your software requires or benefits from the use of multiple computers or devices to work. If your software does work better when it’s distributed along multiple devices, that does place your software in a stronger position. This is only another criterion to take into account, but not necessarily required. We often obtain patents for software that runs on a single computer or device.

In this episode, you will learn:

If your software does benefit from executing across multiple devices, this can make it easier for you to obtain a patent on that software [2:08]
A common pitfall in patent applications for software that executes across multiple devices but just isn’t valuable [3:35]
Why it’s important to have a patent attorney fluent in software patent law to write this patent to make sure it’s technically valid and legally broad enough [4:01]

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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