My recent LinkedIn post about the enablement requirement for AI-related patents got a surprising amount of traction, so I made a YouTube video with some more detailed thoughts. Hope you enjoy it.


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.

Bastian Best

My Ikigai is to distill the inventive principle from a digital innovation and to apply my expert knowledge to test the boundaries of software patentability. People also tell me it’s worthwhile to watch me share my insights in talks, lectures and seminars.

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. Turned 40 last year. Happily married, two boys (7 and 3).


This talk I gave at an IP conference in St. Petersburg (Russia) last year pretty nicely reflects how I approach and explain complex topics. I believe the trick to a great presentation is to focus less on delivering the facts, but more on teaching practical skills and enabling my audience to understand the “why” behind things:


Strategies for protecting innovation in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning — 30-minutes talk at the 5th International Conference on Intellectual Property Protection, Moscow (RU), 8-9 October 2020

Strategy for patenting innovations and IT solutions abroad — 2-hours workshop at the 5th International Conference on Intellectual Property Protection, Moscow (RU), 8-9 October 2020

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


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!).

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.

DAILY 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.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND PRODUCTIVITY — I’m documenting my personal journey towards my best self on Instagram. Topics include getting up early, doing a morning run almost every day, reflecting on my goals, my tips on productivity, self-awareness and habit formation, and the occasional food picture.


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