How to Patent a Software Program

If you are wondering how to patent a software program, read on. Patents are granted for new features, and software is no exception. There are several criteria to meet before a software can be considered patentable. Among them: the program must be new and original, use a machine, and not be obvious to the average person in the industry. Additionally, the disclosure must be as specific as possible and follow USPTO guidelines.

An abstract idea

An abstract idea to patent a software program requires two specific steps. First, an applicant must identify an abstract idea. Second, the applicant must show that the idea is an innovation added to an earlier, previously existing technology. Third, the applicant must explain how the added concept makes the abstract idea novel. While this is not a straightforward process, it is possible to overcome the defense of “abstract idea” and patent a software program.

The second step to a software patent application is identifying what elements are necessary to transform the abstract idea into an eligible patent application. Generally, abstract ideas solve a problem that is not conventionally solved and are not preemptive. Ideally, the abstract idea should also have claims that do not preclude all possible uses of the idea. The most common criteria for patent eligibility include:

A software patent application may be denied because of the lack of clear claims. The claim must be novel or inventive enough to satisfy the patentability requirements. For example, a computer software program can’t be patented if it uses a mathematical formula. Furthermore, it must be related to an algorithm that performs calculations. Without the ability to show that a particular algorithm is unique, the applicant may not receive a patent.

In addition to mathematical algorithms, some forms of software have been rejected as patentable because of their generality. Therefore, if an inventor implements a mathematical algorithm that allows the software to perform a specific task, the software must be abstract in nature. Until recently, a software application could be patented based on an abstract idea. This rule is logical and well-intentioned, but it remains unclear.

The Alice test is more complex. It requires a synthesis of over 100 decisions from the Federal Circuit. The federal courts’ decision is an example of this. There are hundreds of other similar cases involving the abstract idea test. The Supreme Court has yet to issue a final decision on the issue. So far, there are no concrete rules or examples of applications based on abstract ideas. If the applicant can prove that the claim is abstract, the software program may be patented.

Inventive step

Before submitting your software program for patenting, you must determine whether it is patentable. There are two aspects to the assessment of a software program’s patentability: technical character and inventive step. In this article, we’ll discuss each separately. If you’re not sure if your software program has an inventive step, consider consulting with an expert in the field. They can advise you on the relevant case law and EPO practices.

Generally, computer programs do not qualify for a patent unless they perform a physical process on a machine. However, even these processes are not new, so they are not considered to be an inventive step. Moreover, the software program itself may not require any hardware outside of the computer that runs it. Thus, patenting software programs is not as easy as putting together a computer and writing it.

The first step to determining whether a software program is patentable is to determine if there is a technological problem that the invention solves. A technical problem can be solved by the computer-implemented simulation, but it can also produce a technical effect that transcends the software program’s implementation. Regardless of whether a software program is patentable, it must be an improvement on existing technology.

The second step to determine whether a software program has an inventive step is to analyze how the computer program is used to predict a specific outcome. The first step involves modifying input data that a skilled in the art would use in the prior art. In this case, the modification improves the accuracy of a neural network’s estimation of dementia. This technical feature is not disclosed in the prior art. If it is used to estimate a particular stage of dementia, the patent holder must claim the technological feature that makes the software program more effective than competing products.

Another important step in determining whether a software program is patentable is identifying what is considered to be a novel invention. A well-designed software program may be patented for its usefulness, if it is the first one to recognize a long-standing problem. If it is marketed and sold successfully, this may not be considered to be an inventive step. In that case, a successful software program may be due to the simplicity of its design, branding, and advertising, which have nothing to do with the technical merits of the invention.


The Supreme Court has reaffirmed its test for obviousness in Graham v. John Deere Co. The Federal Circuit had applied its teaching-suggestion-motivation (TSM) test too rigidly. The Court cited four errors by the Federal Circuit in this regard. In this article, we will discuss the key aspects of the TSM test and the reasons for rejecting claims based on inherency.

There are many layers of obscurity that are introduced by this process. Patent validity testing has led to an excessive degree of’retrospective analysis’, causing even the most conscientious decision maker to lose sight of the governing law. In fact, many of these tests are based on verbal expressions, rather than statutes. Even if the statute is universally applicable, each patent case must still be reviewed in light of the specific facts of its context.

Patentable innovations require a sufficiently large difference from prior art to be patentable. Patent applications that fail to meet these standards are likely to be denied. However, this doesn’t mean that there are no successful patent enforcement trials. Indeed, patent practitioners can help you determine whether your invention is more than just software. So, what is the best way to ensure non-obviousness? Read on to find out.

To avoid a legal hurdle, a software program must satisfy several criteria. It must be ‘patent-eligible’ under 35 USC 103 and must meet the “inventive step” test. Non-obviousness can also be tested in a foreign country. As a result, it is very important to ensure the novelty of your invention in order to gain protection for it.