Software-related patents have now out-numbered non-software-related utility patents

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court back in 2014 annulled four patents held by the Alice Corporation – the so-called “Alice” case – the number of software-related patents continues to grow.

In 2019, 61.8% of all patents granted by the USPTO were software-related and since 2018, the number of software-related utility patents has been higher than the number of non-software-related utility patents.

IP Strategist and Chief IP Officer Raymond Millien at Volvo Cars has analysed the recent development and the reality is in deep contrast to the 2014 decision. Millien claims that the lack of legal clarity about software patents is a costly affair for a lot of companies. Read the article here:

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