Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the USA (London, United Kingdom - September 18, 2019)

  • ID: 4745466
  • Conference
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • 1 Day
  • Management Forum
  • Conference Dates: September 18, 2019
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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
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09.00  Registration and refreshments

09.30  Introduction and welcome

Timothy May

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

Alan Boyd

10.45 Refreshments

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

    Timothy May

12.30  Lunch

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

    Alan Boyd

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

15.30 Refreshments

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, Alan Boyd and Jonathan Garner

17.00 Close of seminar

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  • Alan Boyd Mr Alan Boyd,
    Patent Attorney ,
    D Young & Co


    Alan Boyd is a Patent Attorney at D Young & Co. Before he joined the patent law profession, he was a software engineer researcher and research assistant. Alan’s main areas of expertise include computer architectures, embedded systems, digital electronics, telecommunications and networks. He is a senior associate of D Young & Co’s electronics, engineering & IT team, and has a great deal of experience in drafting and prosecuting patents for a range of clients. He is also an examiner for the legal paper in the European Qualifying Exams.
     

  • Jonathan Garner 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.

  • Tim May Mr Tim May,
    Partner ,
    Finnegan LLP


    Timothy May is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Finnegan LLP. He has over 20 years experience in the field of US patent law, and focuses his practice on advising European high-tech companies on US patent matters. He counsels clients in all areas of US patent practice and currently manages the patent portfolios for several European clients in various electrical and mechanical technologies. He also counsels clients on patent validity and infringement. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined applications involving digital communications, image analysis and testing and measurement devices.

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  • 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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ADDRESS

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn St, St. James's
London SW1Y 6JF
UK
London
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