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The Computer Law Committee is a forum for discussing aspects of intellectual property law that concern computer-, software-, and Internet-related inventions, products, properties, and services. Our focus extends beyond patents and includes copyright, trademark, trade secret, data security and privacy, and other matters as they relate to the computer context, both within the US and outside the US. The Committee periodically organizes informal discussion groups and formal seminars on such matters. Examples of seminars and roundtable discussions that the Computer Law Committee may organize include:

  • How to best claim and disclose software inventions given the current trend by courts to more narrowly construe claims
  • How to best claim Internet, propagated signal, and doing-business inventions
  • The effect on software applications of recent cases involving the written description requirement
  • The demands of the best mode requirement in software applications, including the need to disclose details of larger inventions of which a given application's software is only a part and of future improvements to the product which are already planned but not coded
  • How much disclosure is required for third party software to which the inventor only has access to as object code that is necessary for the practice of an application's invention
  • Which corners are appropriate to cut, and which are not, when trying to reduce the cost of software applications
  • A litigator's view of how to attack software patents
  • Copyright issues presented by digital technologies, including ownership, licensing, and fair use
  • Legal issues arising from the use of social media
  • Website user agreements and terms of service
  • Domain names and online trademark issues, including nominative fair use, keyword searching, and sponsored links
  • How to leverage law in jurisdictions outside the US to protect computer-implemented inventions, and which jurisdictions offer the best chances for protection

Meenakshy Chakravorty, Signify Inc.

Emily Gardel, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks P.C.



 For a comprehensive list of this committee's past and upcoming events, check our Community Calendar 


Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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