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Patenting Software Around the World: US, Canadian and European Perspective

  • 28 Nov 2013

Co-Hosted by the Toronto Intellectual Property Group and the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group

US, Canadian and European practitioners will highlight the key issues to consider for obtaining patent protection for software related inventions in the different jurisdictions.

Richard Bauer is co-head of Patents practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Mr. Bauer concentrates on patent prosecution, validity and infringement opinions, intellectual property licensing and client counseling. He advises clients on monetizing patent portfolios, including licensing, due diligence, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he has substantial experience in US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, reissues, interferences and various petitions, and is currently involved in several inter partes review proceedings. He is very knowledgeable in the areas of telecommunications and aircraft software electrical technologies with additional focus on radio frequency communication devices, integrated circuits, software, business methods, satellite communications and optical waveguides.

Markus Hössle is a German and European patent attorney at Hössle Patentanwälte. The Technical focus of his work as a patent attorney includes computer technology, software, semiconductor elements, mechanics and mechanical engineering, automotive technology. He is the author of the software part of the most recent comprehensive German language patent law commentary covering the German Patent Act, the European Patent Convention and the PCT. Mr. Hössle is a frequent speaker on various patent topics, particularly at FICPI events. His experience covers not only patent and trade mark prosecution but also litigation matters, being involved in several proceedings in the telecommunications field. He is a member of the Board of the German Patent Attorneys Chamber since 2002 and German alternate delegate to FICPI since 2010. Having worked in process engineering at IBM Canada in Toronto in 1991, his particular interest is German-Canadian legal relations.

Stephen Perry is a patent agent at Perry and Currier and is viewed as one of Canada’s leading patent agents. He is co-author (with Andrew Currier) of Canadian Patent Law (Butterworths, 2012), the first text on the subject by patent prosecutors in over 30 years. Mr. Perry started in the field of IP in 1983 and qualified as patent agent in 1985. His practice is focused on developing and managing international IP portfolios for Canadian technology companies of every size, covering a broad range of innovations in the fields of telecommunications, electronics, software, display technology, medical imaging and medical devices. Mr. Perry provides overall strategic advice on the protection of registered and unregistered intellectual property. Stephen is active as an advisor and commentator on both Canadian and international patent and industrial design issues.


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