Maiorana, P.C.

Software Patent Attorneys

Software Patent Attorney - Santa Clara

Christopher P. Maiorana, P.C. has provided clients with superb patent legal services since our start in 1998. Much of the firm’s work focuses on computer, software and semiconductor patent applications for Silicon Valley based companies.

To provide even greater responsiveness to our Bay Area clients the firm has recently added a San Jose office. According to Crunchbase, there are more than one thousand companies in Santa Clara, including Intel, Nvidia, Palo Alto Networks, Applied Materials, Agilent Technologies, Global Foundries, Rovi, Roxio, PMC-Sierra, Marvell Technology, Coherent and many others. We are prepared to represent you with determination and focus as your Santa Clara software patent attorneys. We chose Silicon Valley as the location for our second office because of our confidence that many potential clients located in Silicon Valley cities such as Santa Clara can benefit greatly from our services. One of our attorneys, Henry Groth, has lived in Santa Clara since 1985 and graduated cum laude with his J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1994.

Our Software Patent Lawyers in Santa Clara look forward to working with the companies mentioned above, which are for the most part prolific patentees, as well as with new ventures including those that form based on efforts stared at one of the three innovation centers that are key components of Santa Clara University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs, including: the Maker Lab, the Frugal Innovation Hub and the EDVenture Lab.

Our Software Patent Lawyers have vast experience in acquiring more than 1,700 issued US patents for our clients demonstrates that we have proven track record of working effectively with the USPTO to obtain the exclusive rights that our clients have earned through their innovation and willingness to publically disclose such innovation. We expect that many of the innovations from our Santa Clara clients will be related to software products. A recent decision in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Enfish v Microsoft (2016) has resulted in a memo to the USPTO Examining Corps that is expected to help our team successfully overcome patent eligibility challenges for many software patents. The memo provides that a claim “directed to an improvement to computer-related technology (e.g., computer functionality) is likely not similar to claims that have been previously identified as abstract by the courts.” So, we urge our clients to provide us with a clear understanding of how their inventions improve computer functionality in addition to providing other utility for client customers.

The corporate counsel and patent licensing experience of our Software Patent Lawyers compliments our patent preparation and prosecution expertise to enable our clients to obtain rights with sufficient breadth to exclude others from practicing inventions that are important to our clients’ competitive commercial advantage. For your most important matters, our licensing experience enables us to expand our efforts to increase the probability that your exclusive rights withstand the many intense challenges often encountered during litigation and licensing.

Our San Jose office ensures that our clients will be able to schedule timely in-person meetings with our attorneys related to: patent application preparation (both provisional and non-provisional patent applications), invention disclosure evaluations, brainstorming sessions, licensing opportunities and strategies, opinion letters (invalidity and non-infringement), patent prosecution, patent litigation support, foreign filing determinations, and many other intellectual property issues related to patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, joint development, mergers and acquisitions due diligence; and contractual matters - including licensing rights, indemnification obligations, and confidentiality obligations. There are several key considerations to evaluate as you work to determine whether foreign filing is warranted for your most important innovations. We discuss some of the most important of these foreign filing determination considerations here. When making foreign filing determinations we also encourage you to carefully evaluate which nations have historically supported innovators versus those who place impediments in the way of innovators when they attempt to enforce their exclusive rights.

Please consider whether our Software Patent Lawyers in Santa Clara can provide you with services to more effectively enable your company to protect its precious intangible Software Patent assets. Our Software Patent Lawyers are prepared to represent you to meet the challenges you face and create new opportunities for your success. We look forward to understanding and effectively responding to your tactical and strategic objectives as they progress with dynamic shifts and developments of your key financial and technological priorities.

Please take some time to explore our website and then evaluate whether our Software Patent Lawyers in Santa Clara can provide you with services that will more effectively enable your company to robustly protect your game-changing intangible assets. Please contact our Software Patent Law Attorneys at your earliest convenience so we can explore your intellectual property protection efforts needs for the continued and increasing success of your bottom line.

Please call us (CA - 408-890-6549) or email us ( at your earliest convenience so we can explore the intellectual property protection efforts you consider most important for the continued and increasing success of your company.
  • Henry Groth
  • June 2017

[1]  Chris discusses the difference between Patentability and Infringement here).
[2]  Patent prosecution is the process of drafting and filing a patent application and pursuing protection for the patent application with the USPTO.
[3] Audio of this Article.
Topics: Patent Attorney – Santa Clara, Patent Law, Software Patent Lawyer Santa Clara, Intellectual Property, Licensing, Foreign Filing, Silicon Valley, Computer Functionality

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