Article by Patent Attorney Stephen Bullock.
The recent scrutiny of software patent applications has resulted in more creative lawyering to protect software. In particular, design patents are now being used to protect the look of a software owner’s user interface. Most marketing experts agree that the usability and aesthetics of software contribute to a more positive user experience, which translates to more commercial viability. Therefore, protecting the look of software in some instances can be as important as protecting its functionality. A design patent protects the ornamental features of an invention. Traditionally design patents have been used for things like furniture and cars. However, a recent shift in thinking has now expanded the reach of design patents to include software user interfaces.
If you have questions regarding protecting your software, contact Patent Attorney Stephen Bullock at 877-354-0809.