42IP is a Sussex-based intellectual property consultancy practice. As a qualified and experienced UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, Olivia provides IP support to independent inventors, start-ups, SMEs, universities as well as overflow support for in-house IP departments and IP firms. 42IP aims to provide a reliable, high-quality service at competitive prices. If you have a good idea and want to find out how you can protect it, or if you are considering outsourcing your patent work, please do get in touch for a free consultation.
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Olivia joined the intellectual property profession in 2007 after completing her PhD in physics.
If you have developed a new piece of software, you may be wondering if there are any way of protecting it against unauthorised copying. In the UK and Europe, an original piece of software (i.e. not copied from another software) is automatically protected by copyright against copying and distributing the copies. There isn’t a copyright register and you do not need to pay a fee for a certificate or a registration. However, if your software does a little more than just help kill a few minutes while waiting for a bus, especially if it is an integral part of a business venture, you may wish to consider if you can patent your software. A patent not only protects your software against direct copying, it protects the inventive concept behind the software to prevent others from developing their own version of software based you your inventive concept.