Business method patents cover innovative processes for doing business, where the processes can involve systems, devices, products, or apparatuses used in business. Patent protection of business methods is sought in the United States and in other countries for numerous reasons. For example, development and management of a quality patent portfolio including business method patents is important to create barriers to entry for competitors, to deter costly patent litigation, to reduce royalty payments to competitors, to attract investors and obtain funding, and to provide a revenue stream for the company through monetization.
Although their value is widely recognized, the patent laws with respect to business methods vary from country to country. As such, steps must be taken at the drafting stage and at certain points throughout prosecution to increase the likelihood of obtaining business method patents in the United States and other jurisdictions.
We utilize our extensive and varied experience with business method patent matters to protect our client's intellectual property worldwide. By staying abreast of recent law changes in the United States and other countries, and by increasing the synergy between our firm and our unsurpassed foreign associates, we continue to overcome the difficulties associated with obtaining business method patents in the United States and other countries.
Representative Industries and Applications
We can assist clients with domestic and/or international patent matters related to any of the following industries or applications:
- Advertising & Marketing
- Consumer Products & Services
- Communications & Telecommunications
- Education & Learning
- Internet & E-commerce
- Manufacturing Equipment, Systems & Processes
- Nutrition & Supplements
- Product Manufacturing
- Semiconductor Design & Manufacturing
- Shipping & Receiving