Patents can be granted for inventions.
Since 1981 (in the United States) software has been patentable to protect the functional elements of software code. Patent does not apply, however, to the expressive aspects of software. For that, see copyright.
Trained patent examiners review patent applications to determine whether an invention passes tests of novelty and unobviousness. The owner of a patent can exclude others from making or using products embodying the patented invention, and from selling, offering for sale or importing the products.
Rosenlaw & Einschlag can help you:
- Determine what you can patent and what you cannot.
- Prepare patent applications and file them on your behalf with the appropriate patent office.
- Evaluate and respond to the patent claims of others.
- Prepare formal infringement analyses.
- Negotiate patent licenses.