Our software attorneys are capable of developing and negotiating software development contracts that protect the interests of clients and software developers alike. These development contracts often contain terms outlining the intellectual property (IP) ownership for these respective parties.
Many companies manage the commercialization of their software through software license agreements, also known as end-user license agreements. Through these agreements, users can establish their right to use software, and the businesses that produce software can control how the buyer uses it.
Software is tough to develop, and software intellectual property claims can likewise be difficult to draft and subsequently get approved. One way to protect software in addition to copyrights and license agreements is through software patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Many aspects of computer software—code, Websites, and software-related objects, such as icons and graphical user interfaces—can be protected through copyrights and patents.
Copyright is often thought of as a protection given to “creative” individuals (authors, musicians, photographers, artists, etc.), but exclusive rights provided under copyright law can have tremendous value for businesses across nearly all industries.
Copyrights take on a variety of forms, including literary works, musical works, and graphic works. Copyrights also grant the copyright holder a variety of rights, including the right to produce the work, distribute the works, or sell the work.
It is important to know the steps to take when a company receives a copyright infringement notice or notice of an infringement lawsuit. Retaining a copyright attorney can make the difference between moving past the infringement notice quickly and triggering a more serious dispute.