San Diego, CA
"Terms you Won't Find in the European Patent Convention" Seminar
Grant Room D at THE US GRANT Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA.
Timetable & Topics Include:
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee and registration
15:00 - 15:45 "Terms you Won't Find in the European Patent Convention"
This is a nuts-and-bolts seminar for practitioners prosecuting patent applications through the EPO and explores the origins and scope of doctrines that have arisen through EPO case law that were not written into the EPC at its outset nor added in the EPC 2000. Examiners raise objections in terms that cause great frustration to applicants for the very reason that they are case-defined. They include terms like "technical", "essential features" and "intermediate generalisation".
15:45 - 16:00 Questions
About your speaker:
Alexander Clelland was appointed to the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office in 1990 and spent many years in Board 3.5.1, which hears most appeals in the computer-implemented inventions field. In 2003 he was appointed chairman of Board 3.5.3, which deals with telecoms and control systems. In recent years he has been chairman of the Professional Development Committee of the Boards of Appeal and as such he has trained most of the present Board of Appeal members. He retired from the EPO in April 2013. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE). He lectures widely on the subject of patenting software in Europe.
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