Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the USA

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

5 Mar 2020

& 25 Sep 2020

GBP 699
EUR 979
USD 1,090

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Course overview

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

  • Understand about development strategies impacting software patents
  • Get to grips 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
  • Review 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

Who should attend

  • 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

Programme

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

Patent Protection for software-related and business-related inventions in the United States

  • 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

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

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

WorkshopQuestions, 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

Presenters

Tim May

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.

Alan Boyd

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 member 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.

Andy Spurr

Andy Spurr is a patent attorney at Canon Europe, specialising in software related inventions with a particular focus on video encoding and standard essential patents. Before joining Canon, Andy spent 8 years at a private practice IP firm where he worked with numerous software start-ups, advising on how to best leverage their IP to create commercial value.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 5.50 hours
  • General Council of the Bar: 5.50 hours

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5 Mar 2020
5 Mar 2020 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 699.00
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USD 1,090.00
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25 Sep 2020
25 Sep 2020 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 699.00
EUR 979.00
USD 1,090.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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The speakers were all good, their materials were well presented.

Victoria Hufton, Senior Attorney, Stratagem IPM Limited

In general I was quite satisfied with the course. A good selection of experienced and responsive speakers. Enough content to keep you busy for some time when you come back. Luckily it is summarised.

Eugenio Souto, Patent attorney, IMEC vzw

Very good

Massimiliano SAVI, European and Italian Patent Attorney, Notarbartolo & Gervasi S.p.A.

Very good content. Splendid examples of how to address s101 objections. Good balance of male and female and private practice and industry attendees and speakers.

Cassandra Derham, Senior IP Attorney - Head of Technical IP, Amadeus SAS

I really appreciated the level of insight from experienced practitioners in the field. Alan and Tim are especially effective communicators. In an area which is technically and legally complex, I felt that they delivered clarity without oversimplifying the issues at stake. Highly recommended.

Sarah James, Patent Attorney, Unilever

Very good. Liked the practical angle.

Ulrikke Asbøll, Lawyer, Onsagers AS

Great!

Alan Boyd, Patent Attorney, D Young & Co LLP

Excellent presentations and examples. Answered all of attendees questions

Jan van den Hooven, Patent Attorney, NLO