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
20 Sep 2018
Topics to be covered in this seminar
Patent Protection for software-related and business-related inventions in Europe
Patent Protection for software-related and business-related inventions in the United States
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
An industry view: an in-house perspective on managing IP protection of software-related inventions
Workshop – Questions, answers and discussion of specific examples
David Meldrum 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.
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.
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.
This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes: