Many aspects of computer software — code, websites, and software-related objects, such as icons and graphical user interfaces — can be protected through copyrights and patents. By engaging in a strategy to protect computer software, accompanied by enforcement when necessary, our attorneys can help enhance the value and the competitive advantage associated with our client’s computer software.
Protection for Software IP
We are experienced in securing, licensing, and enforcing clients’ interests through tools such as web development agreements and software license agreements, as well as in preparing and prosecuting copyright and patent applications in the field of software-related services and products.
Copyright registration is generally required in order to file a lawsuit in U.S. courts. Further, the ability to recover statutory damages and attorneys’ fees likely depends on the timing of copyright registration. A software patent may be necessary to protect novel and useful methods and processes incorporated into software, and may provide the owner with broader protection, including the right to stop others from making, using, offering for sale, and selling the patented software or method for using the software. A software license agreement may also be utilized to protect the value of software in ways that compliment copyright or patent rights. Protecting a client’s intellectual property associated with software may be enforced through data protection litigation. Software piracy protection steps can also be taken.