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From games and social media apps to productivity tools and enterprise systems, many different types of software have significant monetization potential. But, companies can only monetize their software if they can protect it. Without adequate protections in place, companies can lose the ownership and exclusivity that are essential for commercialization. So, what intellectual property (IP) protections are available for software in 2022? Our Alabama intellectual property lawyer shares some insight.


7 Key Patent License Terms

Thu Mar 17th, 2022 by  Patents

Patent license agreements allow companies to monetize their innovations without (or in addition to) developing their own products and services. These agreements have several key terms, and companies must ensure that their patent licenses contain appropriate restrictions and protections. If a license agreement doesn’t contain the necessary restrictions and protections, not only could this reduce the value of the license for the licensor, but it could potentially lead to the loss of the licensor’s exclusive patent rights as well.


Trademark registration is essential for protecting companies’ names, brands and logos. Registering a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides nationwide protection—and this protection affords the registered owner the right to prevent not only the use of the registered mark itself but also the use of any “confusingly similar” marks to promote competing goods and services.