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IP and APIs: What protection is available for software Application Programming Interfaces?

  • 28 May 2014

Brad Limpert is a lawyer, patent agent and Certified Licensing Professional. He has taught patent law as an adjunct professor at University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and is the author of Technology Contracting: Law, Precedents and Commentary, published by Thomson Carswell. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) of London, UK, recognizes him as one of the world’s Top 250 Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers, and as one of the world’s Top 1000 Patent Professionals.

The patentability of computer-related subject matter continues to evolve rapidly. This presentation will cover the eligibility and scope of protection available to APIs (application programming interfaces or function calls). We will also consider the recent U.S. Supreme Court argument in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, which considers the patentabilty of business methods, which is widely hoped to clarify Bilsi v. Kappos.


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