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
18 Sep 2019
& 5 Mar 2020 , 25 Sep 2020
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
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, with significant experience counselling clients on software patent matters. Tim currently manages the patent portfolios for several European clients in various software, medical device and electrical and mechanical technologies. He regularly speaks on software patent issues. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined applications involving digital and software technologies. From 2006 to 2011, Tim was located in the firm’s European office and continues to work with many European clients.
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.
Alan Boyd is a partner 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.
This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes: