Patenting Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) – The European Patent Office Experience

Event

Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 202, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Price: 
Free. $30 for lawyers seeking Quebec Bar CLE accreditation

CIPP/Lallemand Seminar with Cristina Lopes Margarido & Falk Giemsa of the European Patent Office. Gonzalo Lavin (Goudreau Gage Dubuc) will be the respondent.

Description

The presentation concerns the examination practice of computer-implemented inventions (CII) in the field of business methods, gaming, training and teaching at the European Patent Office (EPO) which is essentially marked by two hurdles:

  1. The exclusion from patentability
  2. The requirement for an inventive step

When drafting patent applications in the field of business methods, gaming, training and teaching it is quite easy to overcome the first hurdle, while most patent applications in this area are refused for lack of inventive step.  Learn what can be done to overcome these hurdles.

Cristina Lopes Margarido has a degree in electro-technical and computer engineering, and a post-graduate degree in quantitative methods in management, both from the University of Porto. Since 2002 she has been working as a patent examiner at the European Patent Office in Munich, in the areas of electronic commerce, payment systems and educational appliances. She has vast experience in Oral Proceedings in examination and has particular expertise in the controversial area of non-patentable matter and the technical/non-technical assessment of computer implemented inventions.

Falk Giemsa joined the European Patent Office in 2002 where he works as patent examiner / senior expert in the field of computer-implemented inventions (CII), methods for doing business and training systems. In addition, he has been active as trainer for CII and IPR matters, coach for examiners and co-author of patent-related publications. Before joining the EPO, Falk worked as researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems. He is Luxembourger and holds a degree as computer scientist combined with business studies from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Gonzalo Lavin joined Goudreau Gage Dubuc as a partner in 2007 and is a registered patent agent in both Canada and the United States. He started his career in 1995 working at a Montreal-based intellectual property firm. He also worked in the intellectual property department of an international telecommunications company. Gonzalo Lavin is a member of the Order of Professional Engineers of Quebec and of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He practices in the telecommunications, electronics, software, electrical and mechanical areas, working closely with a full range of clients, including universities, high tech companies, and foreign patent firms.

Event is open to all. A request for accreditation for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education has been made. For jurists seeking CLE hours, a fee of 30$ is requested.