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Protecting Your Software Development

Protecting Your Software Development

Many companies thrive by developing software – whether the software is for in-house operations or for sale. One way to protect your software ownership is to apply for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or for a copyright from the United States Copyright Office. The patent application process can be complicated and time-consuming, but new software is also time-consuming and complex, so it is worthy of protection. Seek help from a patent lawyer in Orlando who can handle the patent process for you.

Software Patents and Copyrights

A software patent can be granted for software designs deemed non-obvious and novel. You can also seek a copyright to protect the expression of your design through tangible code. Whether another party tries to steal your idea or repurpose your code, you can be protected on both fronts.

Once you have the right intellectual property protections, other parties may not use your software design to create their own. They also may not pirate or distribute unauthorized copies of your code without a proper licensing agreement. Owning protected software can be lucrative, as you can choose to enter into licensing agreements with other parties to use or sell your software.

Just because you have a patent or software copyright does not mean your concerns are over, however. There is always the chance that another party can violate your intellectual property rights and misuse your software design or code. In this situation, your formal protections give you the right to seek full legal relief for the violations.

Seek Help from a Patent Lawyer in Orlando

The Daniel Law Offices, P.A., works with companies and inventors to protect all types of intellectual property, including software. If you would like to discuss your options, please call an Orlando patent attorney at 866.377.2836 or contact us online.

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