Software & E-Commerce
The attorneys at Schwegman understand the life cycle of software companies and can advise you at every stage of your growth. We cover the spectrum from solo inventors to large companies. We’ve helped clients grow from small start ups to multi-billion dollar IPOs, or with acquisitions on the order of hundreds of millions. We work with gaming companies, online auction sites and others with large software platforms. Our thorough knowledge of the industry means you don’t have to take time to educate us; we can answer your questions right away.
Identify Your True Intellectual Property Assets
A single software release can contain multiple IP assets; our invention harvesting process uncovers these assets, ranking and rating them to help you see the best directions to pursue. We can advise you about developing a specific aspect of an application, or not, based on your business objectives and the surrounding patent landscape.
The data we give you can be highly useful. We generate dynamic reports that you can use over and over again. This means efficient answers to your questions, and an insightful view of your patents within the competitive landscape.
Patents Delivered on Your Schedule
We know how fast the software development cycle can be – sometimes the window from conception to release can be as short as a month. Our team is both personal and scalable. You get a single point of contact plus a firm that can take on as much work as you need and turn it around when you need it.
We Speak the Language of the Software Engineer
Our attorneys have a passion for technology, working with your engineers and other inventors to find ways to use your IP assets. Our technical knowledge means we can uncover depths of information in meetings, to help craft broad and complete applications.
Fifty attorneys strong and counting, our software practice is made up of attorneys with backgrounds in engineering and with numerous masters and PhD degrees in computer science and engineering. Three of our partners are co-editors of the book Electronic and Software Patents: Law and Practice, published by BNA Books. And to show our commitment to being where the heart of the industry is located, we opened an office in Silicon Valley in 2004. Our diverse software practice has included:
- Artificial intelligence
- Communications/Telecommunications software
- Data processing
- Control systems
- Database and file management or data structures
- E-Commerce/Business process software
- Cost/price determination
- Process management
- Electronic funds transfer
- EDA (Electronic Design Automation) software
- Embedded software
- Error detection/correction and fault detection/recovery
- GPS and navigational software
- Image/graphics processing/analysis software
- Information security software
- Language translation
- Network software
- Operating systems
- Signal processing software
- Audio signal processing
- Television signal processing and programming
- Speech signal processing
- Software as a Service
- Software development, installation, and management
- User interfaces