ISO25010 Measures Software Quality

Published date25 April 2023
Subject MatterCorporate/Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Corporate and Company Law, Patent
Law FirmVO Patents & Trademarks
AuthorMr Karel De Jong and Daan Wouters

In the periphery of V.O.'s field of expertise - protecting intellectual property - there are several professional service providers who can help your company. Especially when your company is still in its developing stage, such help can increase your company's value. After all, ultimately this is also the goal of your intellectual property. Such service providers include software service providers, tax attorneys and accountants. Together they constitute the 'ecosystem' and contribute to the success of your innovative company. In this section, we shed light on a number of these services. This time: the assessment of your business software.


In the assessment of the quality of a business, scalability is an important indicator for the quality and the appraisal of a business. The software system can be a limiting factor in all this.

Requiring large investments, these systems at the same time are often adaptable to a limited extent only. These systems require large investments. At the same time, these systems are often limited in their adaptability. Then it is useful to be able to measure and manage the quality of software. Especially when the company's patents have been materialized in the software. ISO25010, a standard for software quality, enables you to do so.

Product quality and suitability for use

ISO25010 comes in useful in a due diligence audit in which the question can be asked whether your software systems are future-proof. In other words: is the software a modern piece of technology that can easily be adapted in accordance with the company's growth, or will substantial investments be required in order for it to become scalable?

The ISO25010 standard distinguishes between Product Quality and Suitability for Use. Product Quality indicates to what extent the software is properly built, often summarized as the technical quality of a system. Suitability for Use indicates whether the system actually does what it is supposed to do, often referred to as functional quality.

"Organizations usually are automatically attentive to functional quality. After all, if the system doesn't do what it should do, users will start complaining. Technical quality is less visible, if at all, to software system owners. They'll often have to rely on the opinions of experts, or they count the number of bugs reported to them. There is a better way, however. Analysis techniques are available for continuity testing of the software code, the 'sources'," says Jan Willem...

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