An intensive update on patent protection for software-related inventions covering all the major developments in European patent law in particular GUI inventions and ‘mixed’ inventions with both patentable and non-patentable subject matter
Topics to be covered in this seminar
- Recent decisions from the EPO and the US impacting patents on software and computer technologies
- Procedures and pitfalls in the fields of computer-implemented inventions in Europe and the US
- Latest US strategies post-Alice and under the USPTO’s most recent guidelines
- Global drafting and prosecution tactics for these technologies
Why you should attend
- Learn about development strategies impacting software patents
- Find out about the major developments in European patent law, in particular GUI inventions and ‘mixed’ inventions with both patentable and non-patentable subject-matter
- Learn about recent US case law impacting software patents in the US
- Understand and exploit the differences between the United States and Europe on the scope of available patent protection
- Learn tactics for US practice and the latest US strategies in dealing with obviousness and the rise of indefiniteness and written description issues
- Complete case-studies on claim drafting, illustrating how to avoid pitfalls
- Join the ongoing public debate about whether patent protection should be available for software-related and business-related inventions
* Please note, events may be cancelled due to commercial or organisational reasons. In this case Research and Markets will refund all registration fees which have already been paid. Research and Markets will not refund any charges arising from the participant having to cancel or re-book transportation or accommodation which he or she has arranged.
09.00 Registration and refreshments
09.30 Introduction and welcome
Timothy May, Partner, Finnegan LLP
09.45 Patent protection for software-related and business-related inventions in Europe
- Review of European law relating to the protection of software-related and business-related inventions
- Review of EPO Board of Appeal decisions including most recent decisions David Meldrum, Partner, D Young & Co LLP
11.00 Patent protection for software-related inventions in the USA
- 2017 update on recent Federal Circuit decisions impacting software
- Patent practice in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s Alice decision
- Detailed analysis of USPTO’s post-Alice guidelines
- Case examples and claim techniques for US practice
- Post-grant considerations for these technologies
13.30 Preparation of patent applications and prosecution of European applications for software-related and business-related inventions
- Available claim formats and description requirements in Europe
- Drafting applications to take account of European and US requirements
- Filing strategies
- Dealing with EPO objections under Article 52(1) EPC
14.45 An industry view: an in-house perspective on managing IP protection of software-related inventions
- Selecting what software technologies to patent or to protect in other ways
- Foreign filing strategies that balance budget and likelihood of success for software innovations
- Challenges facing companies involved in managing software patents and responsible for software-related technologies
Jonathan Garner, Patent Manager, Canon Europe Ltd
15.45 Practical workshop: Questions, answers and discussion of specific examples
- An interactive session designed to apply earlier discussion to practical situations
- Examples and approaches for protecting software and computer-related innovations, taking into account the unique requirements in the US and Europe
Timothy May, David Meldrum and Jonathan Garner
17.00 Close of seminar
Mr David Meldrum,
Patent Attorney ,
D Young & Co
David has been in private practice since 1998 and joined D Young & Co in 2001 and became a partner in 2006.
David practises in a variety of engineering disciplines including computer hardware and software, electronics, optics, nanotechnology, medical devices, automotive engineering and registered designs. He is experienced in all aspects of patent procurement including drafting specifications, international filing programmes and patent prosecution, and in portfolio management and competitor monitoring.
He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). David’s clients include multi-national corporations and SMEs based in the UK, Europe and worldwide and he regularly presents IP lectures for clients and associates. He is a contributor to the D Young & Co Patent Newsletter.
Mr Jonathan Garner,
Patent Manager ,
Canon Europe Ltd.
Jonathan Garner is a Patent Manager at Canon Europe Ltd. He is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney and has spent the last 10 years working with software and related technologies. His experience includes patent drafting and prosecution, freedom-to-operate searches, infringement opinions, validity searches and related advice. He also has experience of a wide range of other matters relating to IP including inventor compensation schemes, designs, overseas patent prosecution. Jonathan started out his career at fJ Cleveland where he was a technical assistant for 5 years.
- Patent attorneys (both from private practice and industry)
- In-house patent and general counsel
- Chief information officers
- Chief technology officers
- Business development and technology professionals
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