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Importance of Patent for a SaaS company

By Sanya Jhaveri and Muskaan MandhyanMarch 23, 2023January 22nd, 2024No Comments


In the rapidly growing industry of Software as a Service (SaaS), protecting your company’s innovative ideas and products is more important than ever. As a SaaS company, you’ve likely spent countless hours developing your innovative software products. But have you considered the importance of protecting your intellectual property through patents? 

There is an intense competition and the constant threat of copycats. Hence, obtaining patents has become a crucial strategy for staying ahead of the game. In this blog, we’ll explore why patents are so essential for SaaS companies.

What is SaaS?

SaaS, or Software as a Service, is a cloud-based software delivery model. Here users can access software applications over the internet, typically through a subscription-based payment model. In this model, the software is hosted and maintained by a third-party provider. The users can access the software from anywhere with an internet connection. 

SaaS eliminates the need for users to install and maintain software on their own devices. It allows for scalability and flexibility in the use of software applications. Popular examples of SaaS applications include Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and Dropbox.

A SaaS company takes care of the servers, databases, and software that let the application be accessed over the internet, most likely by web browsers. The software can be used from almost any device. Most of the time, SaaS customers pay a monthly fee to access the application. Some subscriptions cost more or less depending on how much data needs to be stored, how many people will use the app, or how much technical support is needed.

Importance of patent for a SaaS company 

Here are some reasons why obtaining patents is critical for the success and sustainability of SaaS companies in the current dynamic and rapidly evolving market:

#1 Exclusive right

It gives the owner the right to stop others from using the patented invention without permission or approval from them and stop competitors from enjoying the same rights. If anyone else wants to use the same software which is patented by the owner, he or she must ask for access to such rights.  

Protecting patent assets and rights can give a company an edge over competitors by discouraging unauthorized use and stopping them from copying the invention or doing something that competes with the business’s patent assets. As the patent owner, it is important to maintain a competitive position in the market, especially in the SaaS industry. 

#2  Yields more earning 

Patent owners can use the invention to the fullest and make money from the invention, by giving customers a new way to do something. Since competitors aren’t allowed to copy your patented innovation, the returns and sales in your company would go up.

#3  Software Licensing 

Patent owners can license their inventions to businesses by giving them the rights to use or make the inventions in exchange for royalties or payments. By licensing, the patent owner keeps the patent, and the licensee pays royalties for the length of the term of use as specified under the agreement. The royalty or license fee is usually a one-time payment or a payment made every time a certain amount of the patented product or process is sold. 

#4 Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is the process of transferring ownership or licensing rights of a patent or intellectual property from one entity to another. It can be either through a sale or licensing agreement. This allows the buyer or licensee to assume all legal rights and responsibilities associated with the patent, while providing the seller with a one-time transfer payment or ongoing payments or royalties. 

Technology transfer is a useful way for patent owners to monetize their intellectual property. Similarly, for other companies to gain access to new technologies and innovations.

#5 Cross-licensing 

Often, the owner of a patent portfolio has a technology that others want to use for business. Those others may also own a patent portfolio for another technology that the first patent owner is interested in. This other person could be a customer or a rival business. In this case, the patent owners could work out a cross-licensing agreement. In that agreement, they agree to trade access to each other’s patent portfolios in exchange for permission. Those permissions are about using each other’s technologies under the terms of the agreement.

#6 Attracting investors 

When looking at a business opportunity, investors may see a granted patent as proof that high-level technology has been used. Potential investors know that a patent is a valuable intangible asset and want to make sure that their money is safe. Patents can also be a way for equity investors, venture capitalists, and the government to give you money. These funders are learning about patent rights and realizing how important patents are. Before giving money, they may want to be sure that the invention is legally protected by a patent and that a well-written patent will protect their investments.

Why is Saas the future for global invention in India 

Solves Complications: Saas allows organizations to easily connect with various departments like project management, design, supply chain, buying, and more. This simplifies the overall workflow and helps businesses operate more efficiently.

Integrated Services: Integrated services are also offered by SaaS. This means companies can add a wide range of services to the cloud when they launch or redesign a product. This makes it easier for businesses to stay competitive and offer more services to their customers.

Business Automation: Saas enables business automation, which allows marketers to automate tasks like sending emails or running a marketing campaign. This makes it easier for businesses to manage their marketing campaigns and track their performance.

Why should you hire Photon Legal for getting your patents granted? 

A few reasons why you should consider engaging Photon Legal to help you obtain your patents:

  • Expertise and Experience: Photon Legal’s team of patent attorneys and agents have a wealth of expertise and experience in obtaining patents for SaaS companies.
  • Cost-Effective Solutions: we offer cost-effective patent services that can help you obtain the protection you need at a reasonable price.
  • Fast and Efficient: Our team can help you navigate the often complex and time-consuming process of obtaining patents. We focus on minimizing delays and maximizing your chances of success.

Key Takeaway 

In the rapidly evolving world of SaaS, protecting your innovative ideas and products is essential to maintaining a competitive advantage. Obtaining patents can help safeguard your intellectual property, create licensing opportunities, and add significant value to your company. So, if you’re a SaaS entrepreneur or executive looking to stay ahead of the curve, investing in patents can be a smart and strategic move to secure your future success in this dynamic industry.