A Computer program is protected by a Copyright and although non-patentable matter, they are registered by the Patent Office and duly protected by the specific Law No.9609/1998.
Considering the difficulty of proving software authorship, in view of its immaterialness, registration with this competent organ became the only effective protection option against non-authorized use by third parties. The documentation must be prepared in compliance with specific standards of sealed envelopes and the examination of its register ability will be carried out by the Patent Office after observing all legal aspects related to the formal documentation.
A computer program has a legal validity of 50 (fifty) years, as of January 01 of the year subsequent to the year of its creation. The “creation” date is regarded as the date when the program is considered apt to develop the functions for which it has been designed.