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One of the richest men in the world made his money from software. Creating good software can give business an enormous advantage. However, many cases have shown how difficult it is to protect the rights in software.

The purpose of this seminar is to explore what those rights are, how software is produced, and what at each stage should be done to protect investment in software, using a combination of copyright, patent, trade secrets and contract. Topical and relevant case law will be referred to during the course of the day.

What You Will Learn

Overview of Rights in Software

  • Copyright
  • Patent
  • Trade secret
  • Contract

How Software is Produced - protecting your rights at every stage

  • Business idea
  • Feasibility study
  • Progress meetings
  • Functional specification
  • Technical specification
  • Cutting code
  • In-house testing
  • Beta testing
  • Documentation, including:
  • Release and marketing
  • Patches and new versions

Choosing Software Developers

  • In-house
  • By contractor

Commissioning software: who owns rights?

  • A good contract
  • Keeping rights
  • Allowing others to own rights
  • Open Source and "copyleft"

Enforcing copyright in:

  • Specifications
  • Print formats
  • Screen formats
  • Code


  • The exceptions to the European Patent Convention and Patent Act
  • The limitations on patenting of software
  • The future of software patents

Documentation and Updates

  • Documentation
  • Right to repair
  • Rewrites

Licensing software

  • Delivering software
  • Protective devices
  • Types of licence

The day will close with a Question and Answer session.

NB: Checklists will be provided after each of the main stages above.

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Seminar | 23.05.2018

London | 9:30am - 5:15pm

Intellectual Property Rights in Software

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