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# 80976 6-Apr-2011 23:37
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I am not sure if this is the correct sub forum but I am looking at getting a piece of software patented but I don't know a lot about how it all works so was wanting to talk to a professional patent lawyer. The piece of software is quite technical so I guess that I wouldn't be able to talk to any old patent lawyer because he might not fully understand it and may give me bad advice. Can anybody recommend a professional that I could talk to in the Auckland region? Also has anybody here ever patented anything? Any tips etc? 

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  # 456191 7-Apr-2011 01:03
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In NZ:

Section 15(3A) "a computer program is not a patentable invention"


If you want to read more about why software patents are retarded, plenty of reading here: 

Software can still be protected by copyright and by the terms of its licence.

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  # 456226 7-Apr-2011 08:49
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Ok this is really why I need to speak to a professional, I don't know if Patent is the right thing but basically I have an idea that is new for a program, I have written the prototype and I want to release it on the internet. My problem is that if a big company like Symantec etc likes it they could just rip it off with 100 programmers working on it full time and huge marketing funds. What kind of options do I have to protect my idea?



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  # 456268 7-Apr-2011 10:20
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The largest software market happens to be the USA, and they are big on software patents. Getting a US patent is an option.

There are internet based low cost legal services which will file a US patent for you very cheaply, but really to give your patent the best chance of standing up in court you need to have a patent attorney write up the text, unless you are prepared to put in some study.

The patent itself does not magically stop 'infringement' - if that happens, and the 'infringer' refuses to desist or pay you a licence fee, you need to go to court to assert your claim.

Google(NZ) for 'intellectual property software' law for info and professionals working in NZ.


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  # 456281 7-Apr-2011 10:38
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intended: "intellectual property software law"

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  # 456289 7-Apr-2011 10:55
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I see, so is my best chance to speak with a patent attorney in America?


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  # 456302 7-Apr-2011 11:15
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No, there are professionals practising in NZ, who can give competent advice and take the process further if needed.

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  # 456405 7-Apr-2011 14:34
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Is anybody able to recommend someone whos eyes won't glaze over them when I start speaking about how my program works and why its different?


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