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- Mellie Paluzzi, Staff Member
good morning in this video we're going to go over how to patent software you shall learn what exactly are software patents and how are they different from other types of patents and how to actually go about filing your software patent application and if you stick around and watch this video to the end I will show you exactly where you can download a free template and free information to get started writing your own software patent application my name is Brad flash I've been filing patent applications for over 11 years I'm a registered patent agent with the US Patent and Trademark Office I filed over 500 different patent applications and a variety of areas including many software patent applications and I'm a certified licensing professional so Before we jump into software patents let's talk a little bit about the different types of patents you can choose from when you have a new invention if your new invention was a new type of plant you would file a plant patent if your new invention was a new design like a new coke bottle design you would file a design patent what we're going to be talking about here for software patents are called utility patents which mean they're something that has a unique and usefulness to them and so there's different types of utility patent applications so it's a provisional patent application a non provisional continuation CIP and divisional and that's just a few of them if you want to learn more about the different types of patent applications you can visit patent file org so software patents or software patent applications are a type of utility patent applications now utility patent applications are either compositions of matter so these are things like widgets or tools the traditional things you think of when you think of a new patent or a new invention but they can also include things like methods so in the past say a new chemical process our new biotechnology process those would all be protected as method patents and that's been you know around for 100 or so years here in the United States recently within the past you know a few decades people have been able to get patents on methods performed by software and so that's where the term software patents come from they're basically any methods that are performed by a computer and so software can be protected two different ways the software code is actually protected under copyright and so that's really easy to protect your software code by copyright but if your software code is more than just code you know it's more than just a website or more than just a blog it's actually a really neat piece of software that can perform a new and useful method or function then that would also fall under the patentable category and so you could actually protect it by software I mean by a copyright and by a software patent you should know that it's getting harder and harder to get software patents allowed you know ten or fifteen years ago you could probably get a really broad software patent allowed on say a method of purchasing an item online adding it to a shopping cart nowadays it's you know very hard to get those type of broad software patents and rightfully so I think a lot of people abuse the software patent system and so who uses software patents all the big technologies company all the big technology companies do and it's probably one of the most valuable type of patents you can have at least nowadays it's important to know the best time to file your software patents a lot of developers don't realize this but if you publish your software online or you make it available for sale you can actually block yourself from getting a patent if you don't already have your patent filed first so I always tell people you should really try to get your patent filed first at least file a provisional patent application it's very cheap and easy to do do that before you launch your product or launch your software because you might lose your patent rights if you don't follow it in that order now in the United States we get this twelve month grace period which means if you want patent protection in the United States and you did launch your software first that's okay you have 12 months from the date your software first went public to get your patent filed and so this is a typical timeline if you have your idea you should do a kind of basic patent search make sure no one else is doing what you think is novel build your prototype or your alpha or your beta version of your software then file your provisional patent before you show anyone or have it available to the public once your provisional patents filed then you can do your alpha or your beta launch or a soft launch to see how well your software is doing maybe find some customers find some investors build up some buzz about your software product then file your non provisional patent that has to be filed within a year from the date you filed your provisional patent and that's kind of the real patent that goes through the patent process and ultimately issues with a patent number and then your patent will expire 20 years from the date you filed it so there's only two ways that you can apply for a software patent or any patent for that matter in the United States you can hire a registered patent agent or patent attorney to write it for you on the cheaper end that's going to be about a thousand dollars we've paid all the way up to $40,000 at the University where I work for a very complicated software patent the second option is to do it yourself as the inventor you can write and file your own patent application yourself and I'll show you how to do that in video 2 which is coming up next if you do want to download a software patent template or see what different examples of software patents look like you can go to our website patent file org slash software so again a video 2 will show you how to file a software patent and what the important things are that should be included in a software patent if you have any questions here's my email address please email me and if you like this video if it was useful to you please hit the like button thank you
Thanks caveton your participation is very much appreciated
- Mellie Paluzzi
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I've studied neuroanthropology at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and I am an expert in cosmochemistry. I usually feel ashamed. My previous job was disk jockey I held this position for 6 years, I love talking about mechanics and composting. Huge fan of Kawhi Leonard I practice parasailing and collect eggs.
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