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Patent Eligibility - Alice is Lost in Wonderland
Mon 18 January 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
5.30pm for 6pm start
Speakers: Darin Gibby, Jonathan Moss & Peter Finnie
The US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alice v. CLS Bank on what constitutes patentable subject matter, based on whether the invention is an 'abstract' idea, handed the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) a set of confusing tests and brought to a halt the approval of thousands of patent applications, and not just in the field of computer implemented inventions. The financial cost of addressing ‘Alice’ rejections is enormous. An applicant can easily expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars haggling with the USPTO, all to no avail, because nobody can articulate what constitutes an abstract idea.
Our US speaker Darin Gibby (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) will review the current practice of the USPTO and suggest strategies for US patent drafting and prosecution. Jonathan Moss (Hogarth Chambers) and Peter Finnie (Gill Jennings & Every LLP) will provide a European perspective and discuss approaches to patent drafting with Darin.
This course is directed at all levels of practitioners with an interest in intellectual property and will provide them with an understanding of the patent eligibility issues relating to the case.
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