Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle




Software is an important sector of the global economy driven by the desire to achieve greater efficiency and more sophisticated forms of digital entertainment.  The continuing globalization of business markets spurs much of this industry's expansion as companies continue to invest in the infrastructure that enables them to operate in increasingly competitive markets.  Innovation is key to the industry's future growth and health.

We have been, and continue as, a pioneer in the field of software patent protection.  More than a decade ago, we were lead counsel for IBM in the landmark In re Beauregard appeal to the Federal Circuit, which resulted in the issuance of the Software Patent Guidelines by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Sterne Kessler attorneys have published and spoken on this industry for more than 25 years.

Today, we focus on  the optimal use of intellectual property to increase shareholder value.  We apply our renaissance IP lawyer model -- evolving to meet new challenges and provide the best advice and strategic counsel. 

Our IP professionals have experience across a wide variety of software-related technologies and keep abreast of the state-of-the-art legal issues surrounding the protection of software-related inventions, both in the U.S. and internationally.  These include protection for business methods and pure software applications, data and databases, open-source software issues, and the interplay of patent, trade secret and copyright protection.  Representative software technologies in which we have experience include:

  • Business and Financial Transaction Methods
  • E-commerce and Internet Applications
  • End-User Application Programs
  • Compilers and Interpreters
  • Database Applications and Data Structures
  • Data Storage, Mirroring and Mining
  • Language Translation
  • Network Communication Protocols
  • Operating Systems
  • Scripting Languages
  • Security and Encryption
  • Simulation and Testing
  • Web-Based Applications

We represent companies in the software technologies ranging from startups to established software development companies.

(3) Technical Know-How Key to Protecting Innovation in an IPR Trial

Technical Know-How Key to Protecting Innovation in an IPR Trial
A Case Study:

Technical Know-How Key to Protecting Innovation in an IPR Trial

Digital rights management technology, or DRM, is the invisible shield that manages the use and distribution of digital content. When ContentGuard, a Xerox spinoff and owner of more than 290 DRM patents worldwide, was faced with defending six of its patents against an inter partes review attack, it called on Sterne Kessler.


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