We are a software company based in Europe making spreadsheet software including add-ins.
In 2019, we added a feature in one of our Excel add-ins published in Microsoft Office add-in store, which has so far a certain number of users. Basically, the idea is to propose a better rewriting of a formula in terms of simplicity, robustness, etc. (see the demo). We did not file a software patent for that.
Today, we realized that there is a patent application from Microsoft whose idea is very similar to ours. But Excel has not yet such a feature.
So my questions are:
If their patent gets granted worldwide, will we still have the right to sell our add-in worldwide?
We plan to advance this feature, what could our company do to avoid future IP trouble with regard to their patent?