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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Software, e.g., programs, applications, websites, mobile apps, and browsers, can be protected by design or utility patents. If yes, on what types of software competence can it be applied? Love it! Well, that’s a great question. So, I was answered this, and there are definitely two major types of patents that you can get.

Firstly, utility. Utility is all about governing the functional inventions that have been created. So, those that are novel and are not obvious. If you have a unique software you’ve developed that provides functionality that is new, right? The steps of the process, the method that users have to go through, or that there’s control or servers data is transferring or being derived or analyzed in a new, unique way that is protectable under the US patent law as a utility patent.

The visual side of software can be protected under design patents, and it’s under the graphical user interfaces as a design patent.

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at