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Should we file a patent application for our business software?

We fear that by the disclosure of our patent application we will animate potential imitators to implement our invention on their own, but slightly modified.

What experience do you have regarding the enforceability of software patents? Did disputes always turn out in the interests of the patent owner? Were you able to win patent litigations where a small business was a patent owner and a large business was sued for the sake of the small business?

 

1. Your question: "We fear that by the disclosure of the patent we will animate potential imitators to implement our invention on their own, but slightly modified." Answer: The disclosure of a patent ... [read more]