Software

Software inventions are commonplace, but confusion still surrounds the question of whether they can be patented. This is a complex area of intellectual property law. In many instances, the legal complexity can deter companies from even attempting to build a patent portfolio.

Our attorneys are expert at demystifying the law in this area. We have considerable experience of explaining to engineers the difference between patentable and non-patentable software developments. This gives our clients’ engineers greater confidence to flag up potentially patentable ideas in future – and that helps our clients capture the value in their development programs.

We work with companies on a huge range of specialist IT technologies, giving them clear, practical advice. Our latest work in this area has spanned the provision of IP support to a project developing billing software and advising a business on migrating from an open source to a proprietary licensing model.

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Case study

Mo-Sys

Mo-Sys manufactures complex, software-based camera tracking systems that are used in TV studios around the world and have been used to shoot scores of box office hit movies.

We have assisted Mo-Sys by managing the prosecution of their patent applications in multiple jurisdictions, including Europe and the USA. We have successfully obtained numerous patents for Mo-Sys, overcoming objections not just from patent offices but also from one of their competitors who wanted to prevent those patents being granted.

We have drafted and filed patent applications for Mo-Sys’s new developments, many of which involve complex optical and electronic technology.

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Slingsby Partners LLP’s four-partner team handles a wide range of work for UK and European technology companies, often with an international element. The team has expertise in representing European companies in patent disputes in the US.

Legal 500

2015

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