Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence, IOT, Indus­try 4.0

Intel­li­ge­re, lat.: to under­stand – What can be unders­tood can be exp­lai­ned. Is a pro­gram that learns but can­not under­stand or exp­lain what it is doing actual­ly intel­li­gent? If com­pu­ters are no lon­ger pro­gram­med and trai­ned in the clas­si­cal way, but rather edu­ca­ted (by sim­ply giving them cer­tain rules, for examp­le of tho­se of chess or Go) and we do not even know what a pro­gram has lear­ned in the end, can it still be pro­tec­ted? Inno­va­ti­ve soft­ware con­cepts are no lon­ger just decisi­ve for sales, they are essen­ti­al for sur­vi­val. It is the­re­fo­re all the more important to pro­per­ly pro­tect the cor­re­spon­ding invest­ments. We sup­port you with your soft­ware protection.

Copy­right or patent?

Copy­right and patent law com­ple­ment each other in the field of soft­ware. One pro­tects the form (the writ­ten code), the other the con­tent (the pro­gramming idea). We help you fin­ding the best IP strategy.

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Patent app­li­ca­ti­on ver­sus Secrecy?

Paten­ting soft­ware requi­res dis­clo­sing the program’s idea (the imple­men­ted tech­ni­cal method) but not the actu­al code. Whe­ther secrecy is an opti­on depends on the spe­ci­fic situa­ti­on, as is the case with many inno­va­ti­ve methods. We assist in fin­ding the pro­per solution.

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Requi­re­ments for patent protection

Inven­ti­ons in all are­as of tech­no­lo­gy, and hence also com­pu­ter-imple­men­ted inven­ti­ons, have to meet cer­tain cri­te­ria with regard to tech­ni­ci­ty, novel­ty and inven­ti­ve step. We exami­ne if your soft­ware can meet the basic requirements.

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IP rights are pro­hi­bi­ti­on rights – they pro­hi­bit use. Why not allow use in return for a licen­se fee? Con­ta­ct us – we will help you to draft fruit­ful licen­se agreements.

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If intel­lec­tu­al pro­per­ty rights are infrin­ged, con­si­derable values are often at sta­ke for the pro­per­ty right hol­der and the alle­ged infrin­ger. Our inter­na­tio­nal liti­ga­ti­on team led by patent attor­ney Ulrich Kreut­zer knows not only the rules, but also the exceptions.

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Crea­ting free­dom to ope­ra­te and fen­ding off attacks – IP rights are not set in stone. If your company’s free­dom to ope­ra­te is restric­ted, we quick­ly and com­pet­ent­ly exami­ne pos­si­ble cour­ses of action to clear the path.

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