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Patent Attorney for Cybersecurity Inventions

Do you need a patent attorney for cybersecurity inventions your enterprise is working on? Data security has never been more important than it is today. With so much of our lives online, lax data security can ruin families, businesses, even whole communities. In 2016, data breaches by cyber criminals cost United States residents between $57 and $109 billion, according to the White House. Especially in the shadow of COVID-19, with companies conducting so much of their sensitive internal business remotely, the necessity of robust cybersecurity cannot be overstated. Globally, the cybersecurity market is worth $173 billion as of 2020, and is expected to grow to $270 billion by 2026. Patent Ingenuity is a law firm which specializes in helping tech companies, such as those developing security technologies, to obtain computer hardware and software patents.

Innovations In Cyber Security

Cybersecurity refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. These cyber attacks may be aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information, extorting money from users, or interrupting normal business processes.

 

If your company is developing computer software or hardware aimed at cybersecurity, your invention most likely fits within one of the following categories:

  • Network security: Protecting the network from unwanted users, intrusions, and cyber attacks.
  • Cloud security: Files in digital environments such as ‘the cloud’ present numerous cybersecurity challenges. 
  • Application security: To protect apps from attacks, regular updates and testing are required.
  • Data security: The need to protect the company and customer data inside networks and apps is essential enough to merit its own priority.
  • Database and infrastructure security: Networks require databases and hardware. Cybersecurity includes protecting these devices. 
  • Endpoint security: Remote access can be a weak point for data, necessitating endpoint security to protect when remote access to a company’s network is asked for.
  • Mobile security: Devices such as tablets and cellphones add another dimension to security challenges.
  • Identity management: Keeping tabs on which individuals in an organization have access and to what extent.
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity planning: When breaches or natural disasters occur, data must be protected so that daily business can go on. An action plan is necessary for these incidents.
  • End-user education: Sometimes the problem exists between chair and keyboard. Cybersecurity also involves training users in good habits, such as 2-factor authentication and password changes.

Cybersecurity and Patents: What You Need to Know

The cybersecurity industry has become more competitive over the last few years, which has let to patents being used more and more to stifle competition. The best way to face patent challenges is to take decisive action. Make sure your company has a robust defense strategy, securing patents for as many of your patent-eligible ideas as possible. At the very least, your products’ sales-driving elements should be prioritized. Your patents will then be potentially licensable, an additional source of revenue for your enterprise. It’s also important to prioritize surveying the state of the market with regards to new patents. You could save your company a lot of time and money by checking to see whether a technology you are working on is already covered by existing patents.

Tips for Protecting Cybersecurity Inventions

Drafting a winning strategy to defend your enterprise’s intellectual property means being able to answer the following questions:

How does one go about protecting cybersecurity inventions?

Patents and trade secrets. Keeping trade secrets can be useful if there are elements of your invention you don’t want to be public knowledge (granted patents are typically required to be publicly accessible documents). Of course, trade secrets are prone to security threats from cyber attackers and other means of discovery. Patents can hold your competitors liable for patent infringement, even if they didn’t know about your patent when they began their infringement activities. However, patents are often quite complex. Additionally, the people who enforce patents are not the same as the people who grant them. The best way to navigate through the patent process is typically to use an experienced patent attorney to draft your patent.

Which innovations should be patented?

Many tech companies grapple with themselves over the issue of patenting their core algorithms. If anyone examining your product can discover or deduce your algorithms anyway, you may as well file patents to protect them so that others using them must license them from you. An alternative strategy is to patent only the aspects of your products which drive product sales. A patent’s value is largely determined by the extent to which it blocks others from interfering with your business’ goals. You can frame the problem as ‘How much would this feature benefit my competition?’ and then patent only the features which provide tangible strategic advantages to them. 

 

How large should my enterprise’s patent portfolio be?

A single patent is rarely sufficient to impede competitors from taking advantage of your inventions. Most companies interested in patent protection will develop a robust patent portfolio. A typical tech startup will file up to half a dozen patent applications in its first two years, staking out its claim to nuances that will impede others’ ability to compete directly with them. Ultimately, however, quality surpasses quantity when it comes to patents. 

Where should we file for patents?

Patents are based on territory. Because of the United States’ status as a critical market, tech companies typically file in the US first.  A typical approach is to follow up within one year thereafter with filings in  other countries where you expect to conduct most of your business.

How long is the patenting procedure?

In the US, the patenting process often takes about three to four years, although the process potentially can be shortened by paying an additional fee.  However, the patenting process can sometimes take less or more than that time, given that the time period in which the United States Patent & Trademark Office examines patent applications varies from application to application. 

Experienced Patent Law Firm for Strong Cybersecurity Patents

Patent Ingenuity has the technological expertise necessary to protect cybersecurity inventions with patents that form part of a cohesive IP strategy.

 

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