For most businesses today, ICT is very important. In particular, the field of electronic commerce has seen a large boom in the last few years. E-commerce has provided a number of new business opportunities and new ways of offering goods and services.

However, it is also introduced new risks and new problems for businesses and their customers.

As of 1998, several countries allow the patenting of methods of doing business to a certain extent. Owning a patent on a particular business technique can be a very powerful technique to create a competitive advantage.