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.

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, seminars and otherwise online.

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).


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<


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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  • 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 then go for a run on most days and try to catch a nice sunrise. I believe in the mantra “win the morning, win the day”. 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.