Patents are an important business asset for companies in any field, but in the software industry these days, it seems like they’re king. But after several recent Supreme Court rulings, Bilski v. Kappos and Alice Corp. v. CLS International, the path toward securing strong software patents has become trickier.
Fortunatley, Judd Hollas, CEO of EquityNet, a business crowdfunding platform, has recommendations for getting software patents approved. EquityNet has five software patents, and has learned firsthand how to navigate these tricky waters, especially in the post-Bilski world. Click on for the top five tips on how to get your software patents approved.
STEP 1: Know what is patentable
STEP 2: Do a thorough prior art search
STEP 3: Hire a patent attorney
STEP 4: Consider applying for a provisional patent
STEP 5: Be as detailed as possible