Bastian Best


I’ve been a computer buff and a hobby programmer, studied computer science, worked in the automotive industry. Realized that I’m fascinated by technology, but less of a tinkerer myself. Became a patent attorney. Quickly became a partner in the firm where I was trained. Realized that my personality manifests itself better in a specialist career. Now I’m working as a counsel in the firm, where I enjoy building high-quality patent portfolios for digital innovators.

I’m an early riser and a morning runner. A strategic thinker and a quick decision maker. I like clarity. I dislike wasting my time. I was born and still live in Munich, Germany. 41 years old. Happily married, two boys (7 and 4).


What start-up entrepreneurs need to know about patentsCDTM Trend Seminar Fall 2020, 25 September 2020

Recent decisions of the EPO Boards of Appeal on computer-implemented inventionsIP Online Conference 2020 by FORUM Institut, 1-2 October 2020

Strategies for protecting innovation in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning5th International Conference on Intellectual Property Protection, Moscow, RU (online), 2 October 2020

Strategy for patenting innovations and IT solutions abroad5th International Conference on Intellectual Property Protection, Moscow, RU (online), 2 October 2020

Digital patents: claim drafting — FORUM Institut, Online Seminar, 22-23 October 2020, >REGISTER HERE<

Patentschutz für die digitale Zukunft — VPP-Bezirksgruppe Mitte-West (online), 3 November 2020

How to protect software innovations with patents in Europe – workshop for the Swiss Technology Transfer Association (swiTT) (online), 1 December 2020


EUROPEANSOFTWAREPATENTS.COM — My team at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG and I run Our mission is to provide the busy software patent enthusiast with concise summaries of virtually all EPO Board of Appeal decisions that concern computer-implemented inventions. We post a new entry every Tuesday (yes, software patents are really my passion!).

DAILY-ISH PATENT TIPS — I post a short practical thought about patents every workday on LinkedIn. Topics include best practices, typical misconceptions, news, and of course my absolute passion: the patentability of software and digital innovations. Follow me on LinkedIn.

SOFTWARE PATENTS WORLDWIDE — I’m in charge of the chapter on software patents in Germany in the book Software Patents Worldwide. According to the publishers, it’s “the only resource providing expert insights and how-to guidance on drafting patent claims in the world’s key markets” . If you’d like a copy, just ask.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND PRODUCTIVITY — I’m documenting my personal journey towards my best self on Instagram. Topics include getting up early, pursuing an effective morning routine, reflecting on my goals, my tips on productivity, self-awareness and habit formation, intermittent fasting and the occasional food picture.


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  • If you’d like to learn more about software patents in Europe, follow me on LinkedIn. I post a useful tip, thought or link every day. If you like the content, please consider liking, commenting and sharing it.
  • If you search for inspiration to get up early and achieve your goals, follow me on Instagram. I made a habit of posting a daily picture of my watch when I get up, which is usually at 4.30am. I believe in the mantra “consistency over motivation”. Join me on the Gram.
  • If you need assistance with your (software) patents in Europe and want to hire me as your patent attorney, reach out to me via my work email.
  • In all other cases, just write to my personal email and say hi.