Online Training Course Focusing on Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the United States March 24-25, 2022 –


DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The conference “Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the USA Training Course” has been added to from offer.

Technology and software influence most industries with respect to growth, which has important implications for intellectual property and patent laws. This intensive one-day event will help you understand development strategies impacting software patents and inform you about major developments in European patent law, in particular GUI inventions and “mixed” inventions with patentable subject matter and not patentable.

Under the guidance of our expert faculty, you will learn how recent U.S. case law affects software patents in the United States and become proficient in exploiting the differences between the United States and Europe regarding the scope of patent protection. patent available. The course will provide a review of key tactics for American practice and give you an understanding of the latest American strategies for dealing with the obvious and rising problems of indefinability and written description.

Having an experienced in-house lawyer on staff will allow you to benefit from their practical knowledge of software technology selection and protection and gain valuable insight into overseas filing strategies.

You will learn how to avoid pitfalls in claim writing using case studies and understand whether patent protection should be available for software and business-related inventions. A hands-on workshop session will provide ample opportunity to engage with expert faculty and consolidate your learning.

Who should attend:

  • Patent attorneys (both from private practice and industry)

  • Internal Patent and General Counsel

  • Chief Information Officers

  • Chief Technology Officers

  • Business development and technology professionals

Main topics covered:

Patent protection for software and business related inventions in Europe

  • Review of European law relating to the protection of software and business-related inventions

  • Review of decisions of the EPO Boards of Appeal, including the most recent decisions

Patent Protection for Software and Business Related Inventions in the United States

  • Update on recent Federal Circuit rulings impacting software

  • Patent practice following the United States Supreme Court’s Alice decision

  • Detailed analysis of the USPTO’s post-Alice guidelines

  • Case examples and claims techniques for our practice

  • Post-grant considerations for these technologies

Preparation of patent applications and prosecution of European applications for software and business related inventions

  • Available claim formats and description requirements in Europe

  • Writing applications to take into account European and American requirements

  • Deposit Strategies

  • Handling objections to the EPO under Article 52(1) EPC

Industry View: An Inside Perspective on Managing IP Protection for Software-Related Inventions

  • Selection of software technologies to be patented or otherwise protected

  • Offshore filing strategies that balance budget and probability of success for software innovations

  • Challenges faced by companies involved in software patent management and responsible for software-related technologies

Practical workshop: questions, answers and discussion of specific examples

  • An interactive session designed to apply previous discussion to practical situations

  • Examples and approaches to protect software and IT innovations, taking into account unique requirements in the United States and Europe


Andy Spurs

European patent attorney

Canon Europe

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

Alain Boyd

patent attorney

D Young & Cie

Alan Boyd is a patent attorney at D Young & Co. Prior to joining the patent law profession, he was a software engineering researcher and research assistant. Alan’s main areas of expertise include computer architectures, embedded systems, digital electronics, telecommunications and networking. He is a senior partner in the electronics, engineering and IT team at D Young & Co and has extensive experience in drafting and pursuing patents for a range of clients. He is also an examiner for the legal test of the European qualifying examinations.

Tim May


Finnegan LLP

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

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