The software sector continues to grow rapidly, with developments producing everything from low-level software systems or embedded software, to high-level application software, such as database systems, office applications and educational software.
Many developments in the sector underpin innovations in nearly all areas of technology, such as automotive, medical devices, energy and IoT, amongst others. As such, software plays a major role in research and development across most industries.
Various considerations arise in protecting computer software-based developments, particularly around whether or not the various, differing requirements of European patent law, and the law in other jurisdictions for patenting software, are fulfilled. Other considerations include the detectability of third-party implementations, a desirability to retain knowledge of the software as a trade secret, and open-source considerations.
HGF’s specialist patent attorneys with experience in the software sector have a broad knowledge base and many clients in this fast-moving, complex field. As such, our team possesses the skills required in identifying patentable computer-implemented inventions and securing strong IP protection for software technologies.
The HGF team draws on its broad understanding of technical processes behind the software and key academic insight to provide in-house patent departments, companies, SMEs and academia involved with software technologies with world-leading IP strategies, delivering our full range of IP services.
HGF is sponsoring the Autonomous Vehicles Expo which is being held on 9th September. Autonomous Vehicles Expo will provide key insights from industry experts on how disruptive technological advances will …Event details
HGF in Europe and Shiga in Japan are holding a joint webinar on 29th July 2021. Fitter, faster, stronger – patenting sports and fitness technology in Europe and Japan Sporting …Event details
The IAM Patent 1000 – the world’s leading patent professionals 2021 guide has now been published. HGF has 18 European attorneys listed. IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that …Read article
HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Senior Patent Attorney Dr Sofie McPherson will be presenting a webinar ‘How to capitalise on the 5G healthcare revolution’ on 25th May. This session will explore how 5G …Event details
World Intellectual Property Day is on 26th April. This year’s theme is IP & SME’s: Taking your ideas to market. World IP day 2021 shines a light on the critical role of …Event details
HGF is sponsoring IAM’s virtual event AI IP Connect on 11-12th May 2021. IAM’s virtual AI IP Connect event will explore the latest strategies and insight IP managers can use …Event details
The long expected decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G 01/19) has been announced by the EPO. The decision relates to the question whether computer simulations can be patented …Read article
WIPR and HGF are holding a webinar on 9th March. HGF Partner Dr Susan Keston and Patent Director Dr Lauris Kemp will be presenting a webinar on 9th March on ‘Applied AI: Effectively …Event details