User Interfaces (UIs) are particularly important pieces of software allowing humans to interact with computers. These interfaces have visual and aesthetic qualities that make a particular piece of software unique. How developers choose to display their product to the user depends on the UI. This software plays a key role in how well your product will perform on the market.
The design of these interfaces is considered ornamental by the U.S. Patent Office, therefore are patentable material. To protect your invention, you need an Attorney who understands the US intellectual property laws. Additionally, certain methods of using interfaces may be patentable. For example, “swiping” technology used with user interfaces is protected by both utility and design patents. Examples of those patents can be found here: US9733811B2 – Matching process system and method – Google Patents and USD798314S1 – Display screen or portion thereof with a graphical user interface of a mobile device – Google Patents.
Software patent attorney Derek Fahey (https://plusfirm.com/staff-member/derek-fahey-esquire/) can help you determine if you UI is patentable and obtain a US design patent or utility patent for your UI if it is patentable. Contact software patent attorney Derek Fahey for a free consultation regarding your UI.