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Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the USA Training Course

An intensive update on patent protection for software-related inventions covering all the major developments in European patent law in particular GUI inventions and 'mixed' inventions with both patentable and non-patentable subject matter.

★★★★★ "My aim was to get an understanding of the difference of a "normal" and a software patent and I think... more (14)"

12-13 September 2024
+ 5 December 2024 »

from £499

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Course overview

Technology and software have influences across most business sectors in relation to leveraging growth, and this has important implications for IP and patent laws. This intensive one-day event will help you to understand the development strategies impacting software patents and update you on the major developments in European patent law, in particular GUI inventions and ‘mixed’ inventions with both patentable and non-patentable subject matter.

Under the guidance of our expert faculty, you will learn how recent US case law impacts software patents in the US and become proficient in exploiting the differences between the US and Europe regarding the scope of available patent protection. The course will provide a review of key tactics for US practice and give you an understanding of the latest US strategies in dealing with obviousness and the rise of indefiniteness and written description issues.

Having an experienced in-house lawyer on the faculty will ensure that you benefit from their practical knowledge on selecting and protecting software technologies and get invaluable insights into foreign filing strategies.

You will get to grips with how to avoid pitfalls in claim drafting using case studies and understand whether patent protection should be available for software-related and business-related inventions. A practical workshop session will provide ample opportunity for discussion with the expert faculty and consolidate your learning.

This course is part of our collection of IP & Patents Training Courses.

Who should attend?

  • Patent attorneys (both from private practice and industry)
  • In-house patent and general counsel
  • Chief information officers
  • Chief technology officers
  • Business development and technology professionals

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This course will cover:

Patent protection for software-related and business-related inventions in Europe

  • Review of European law relating to the protection of software-related and business-related inventions
  • Review of EPO Board of Appeal decisions including most recent decisions

Patent protection for software-related and business-related inventions in the United States

  • Update on recent Federal Circuit decisions impacting software
  • Patent practice in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s Alice decision
  • Detailed analysis of USPTO’s post- Alice guidelines
  • Case examples and claim techniques for US practice
  • Post-grant considerations for these technologies

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

  • Available claim formats and description requirements in Europe
  • Drafting applications to take account of European and US requirements
  • Filing strategies
  • Dealing with EPO objections under Article 52(1) EPC

Industry view: an in-house perspective on managing IP protection of software-related inventions

  • Selecting what software technologies to patent or to protect in other ways
  • Foreign filing strategies that balance budget and likelihood of success for software innovations
  • Challenges facing companies involved in managing software patents and responsible for software-related technologies

Practical workshop: questions, answers and discussion of specific examples

  • An interactive session designed to apply earlier discussion to practical situations
  • Examples and approaches for protecting software and computer-related innovations, taking into account the unique requirements in the US and Europe

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Tim May
Finnegan LLP

Timothy May is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Finnegan LLP. He has over 20 years experience in the field of US patent law, with significant experience counselling clients on software patent matters. Tim currently manages the patent portfolios for several European clients in various software, medical device and electrical and mechanical technologies. He regularly speaks on software patent issues. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined applications involving digital and software technologies. From 2006 to 2011, Tim was located in the firm’s European office and continues to work with many European clients.

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Alan Boyd
D Young & Co LLP

Alan Boyd is a partner at D Young & Co. Before he joined the patent law profession, he was a software engineer researcher and research assistant. Alan’s main areas of expertise include computer architectures, embedded systems, digital electronics, telecommunications and networks. He is a member of D Young & Co’s electronics, engineering & IT team, and has a great deal of experience in drafting and prosecuting patents for a range of clients. He is also an examiner for the legal paper in the European Qualifying Exams.

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NEW higher discounts for multiple bookings - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate*
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate*
  • 50% off the 4th delegate*

Please contact us for pricing if you are interested in booking 5 or more delegates

12-13 September 2024

Live online

13:00-16:15 UK (London) (UTC+01)
14:00-17:15 Paris (UTC+02)
08:00-11:15 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 13884

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 823 979

Until 08 Aug

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5 December 2024

Rembrandt Hotel

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 14083
Optional £200/€260/$300 per night

  • GBP 599 699
  • EUR 869 1,009
  • USD 993 1,149

Until 31 Oct

  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Optional accommodation - 1 night including breakfast, checking in the day before the course
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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* Early booking discounts may not be combined with other discounts or offers. As such, the discounts for 2nd/3rd/4th delegates are based on the full price; and apply only when booking multiple delegates on the same date.

Reviews of IPI's Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the USA training course

My aim was to get an understanding of the difference of a "normal" and a software patent and I think the course covered that excellently.

Mar 24 2022

Siim Kinnas
Intellectual Property Advisor, Estonian Business and Innovation Agency

Sep 15 2022

I have obtained knowledge about some of the rules for drafting the claims for EP and USA patent applications as well as different aspects on both procedures.

Monica Teresa Bortolan

Sep 15 2022

Very compact but still fairly informative course with excellent speakers.

Matti Juhani Pasanen
European patent attorney, Sika Patent Attorneys

Sep 25 2020

Overall, this webinar was very good.

Ronney Wiklund
Senior Patent Attorney, Essity Hygiene and Health AB

Sep 18 2019

I was completely satisfied with the course. The content was very well selected and the speakers were professional in their presentations.

Marijan Leban
Head of Intellectual Property Unit, Univerza v Ljubljani

Sep 18 2019

Good course, good speakers, relevant content.

Romano Beitsma
European IP Attorney, Thermo Fisher Scientific (Bremen) GmbH

Mar 6 2019

The speakers were all good and their materials were well presented.

Victoria Hufton
Senior Attorney, Stratagem IPM Limited

Mar 6 2019

Very good!

Massimiliano SAVI
European and Italian Patent Attorney, Notarbartolo & Gervasi S.p.A.

Mar 6 2019

A good selection of experienced and responsive speakers – you can ask many questions and they have the ability and experience to respond. Enough content to keep you busy for some time when you come back.

Eugenio Souto
Patent attorney, IMEC vzw

Sep 20 2018

I really appreciated the level of insight from experienced practitioners in the field. Alan and Tim are especially effective communicators. In an area which is technically and legally complex, I felt that they delivered clarity without oversimplifying the issues at stake. Highly recommended.

Sarah James
Patent Attorney, Unilever

Sep 20 2018

Very good content. Splendid examples of how to address s101 objections. Good balance of male and female and private practice and industry attendees and speakers.

Cassandra Derham
Senior IP Attorney - Head of Technical IP, Amadeus SAS

Mar 7 2018

Very good - I liked the practical angle.

Ulrikke Asbøll
Lawyer, Onsagers AS

Mar 7 2018


Alan Boyd
Partner, Patent Attorney, D Young & Co LLP

Sep 29 2017

Excellent presentations and examples. The speakers answered all of the attendees' questions.

Jan van den Hooven
Patent Attorney, NLO

United Kingdom

  • AA Thornton & Co
  • Appleyard Lees
  • Appleyard Lees IP LLP
  • Armstrong IPR Ltd
  • BAE Systems PLC
  • Bank of London and The Middle East plc
  • Barclays Capital
  • Baytree IP Ltd
  • BBC Academy
  • BO Exploration Operating Company Ltd
  • BP International Limited
  • BP International Ltd
  • Bryers LLP
  • Carpmaels & Ransford Services Ltd
  • Coller IP Management
  • D Young & Co LLP
  • DSTL
  • EIP Europe LLP
  • Elekta Oncology Systems Ltd
  • Elkington and Fife LLP
  • Forensic Science Service Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Glory Global Solutions
  • Graham Watt & CO LLP
  • Greaves Brewster LLP
  • GSK
  • Harrison Goddard Foote
  • Haseltine Lake
  • HGF Ltd
  • Hogg Robinson Group plc
  • HTC Europe Co. Ltd
  • Keltie LLP
  • Keltie Services
  • Langner Parry Ltd
  • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
  • Maiwald
  • Marks & Clerk
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Medical Research Council
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Mimecast Services Ltd
  • Novellie Verardi & Mitchell
  • NXP Semiconductors Ltd
  • NXP Semicondutors
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Pingu Consulting Ltd
  • Ploughshare Innovations
  • Qualifications & Curriculum Authority
  • Renishaw plc
  • Schwegman Lundberg Woessner
  • Script IP
  • Sharp Life Science (EU) Limited
  • Shell International Limited
  • Stratagem IPM Limited
  • Unilever
  • University of Surrey
  • Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Waterfront Partnership
  • Withers & Rogers LLP
  • Wynne-Jones, Laine & James LLP


  • AB Electrolux
  • Aktiebolaget Electrolux
  • Alfa Laval Corporate AB
  • Aros Patent AB
  • Awapatent AB
  • Bergenstrahle & Lindvall AB
  • Essity Hygiene & Health AB
  • Essity Hygiene and Health AB
  • Groth & CO KB
  • Hansson Thyresson Patentbyra AB
  • Mattsson Patent AB
  • Nasdaq Omx
  • SCA Hygiene Products AB
  • Spotify AB
  • Strom & Gulliksson
  • Synergon
  • Valea AB
  • Westpatent AB


  • Agfa HealthCare NV
  • BIIP cvba
  • CNH Industrial Belgium nv
  • De Clercq & Partners
  • EP&C
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Europe Inc
  • Gevers Patent NV
  • IMEC vzw
  • Ion Beam Applications sa
  • Janssen Infectious Diseases - Diagnostics BVBA
  • Materialise
  • Sofics BVBA
  • UCB
  • V.O. Patents and Trademarks/Unipat Belgium BV


  • Hoffmann Eitle Patent- und Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbH
  • Roche Diabetes Care GmbH
  • Adam Opel AG
  • BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
  • CBDL Patentanwaelte
  • Covestro AG
  • Dr Weitzel & Partner
  • Draexlmaier Group
  • European Patent Office
  • Liedtke & Partner
  • Richardt Patentanwalte PartG GmbH
  • SMS Siemag AG
  • Software AG
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (Bremen) GmbH


  • Danone Nutricia Research
  • EDP Patent Attorneys B.V.
  • Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (NLO)
  • NLO
  • Nutricia Research
  • Patentwerk BV
  • Philips International B.V. - IP&S
  • Unilever N.V.
  • V.O.


  • Ambu A/S
  • Coloplast A/S
  • Danish Patent & Trademark Office
  • Danish Patent and Trademark Office
  • H. Lundbeck A/S
  • Jusmedico Law Firm
  • Nordic Patent Service
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Plougmann & Vingtoft


  • Berggren Oy
  • Berggren Oy Ab
  • F-Secure Corporation
  • Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration
  • Kolster OY AB
  • Papula-Nevinpat
  • Seppo Laine Oy
  • Wärtsila Finland Oy


  • ETH Zurich
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • Givaudan International AG
  • Nestec S.A.
  • Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences
  • Sika Patent Attorneys
  • Swisscom (Switzerland) AG
  • u-blox AG
  • WIPO


  • CB Intellectual Property
  • Barzano&Zanardo Roma spa
  • Eni Corporate University Spa
  • Metroconsult Milano Srl
  • Murgitroyd
  • Notarbartolo & Gervasi S.p.A.
  • Provvisionato & Co S.r.l.


  • Amadeus SAS
  • Essilor International
  • Germain & Maureau
  • Macquet & Associes
  • PNC Consulting


  • Onsagers
  • Onsagers AS
  • Yara International


  • Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH
  • Patentanwalt
  • Patentanwalte Casati und Itze

Czech Republic

  • Fyzikalni ustav AV CR, v.v.i.
  • PatentEnter s.r.o
  • University of West Bohemia


  • EP-Patent
  • EUPATENT.PL Adam Pawlowski
  • Patpol Kancelaria Patentowa sp. z o.o.


  • Garrigues IP
  • Oficini Ponti, S.L.
  • Torner Juncosa i Associats SL

United States of America

  • Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
  • Endress & Hauser Ltd
  • Matthew P Dugan


  • F R Kelly & Co
  • MacLachlan & Donaldson


  • Blum, Gador & Co


  • Evonik Indutries AG


  • Estonian Business and Innovation Agency


  • Lexia Partners


  • Kaminski Harmann Patentanwalte


  • Play'n Go Marks Ltd


  • Rominvent SA


  • Univerza v Ljubljani

South Africa

  • Adams & Adams



United Arab Emirates

  • Funtech Loyalty Card Services L.L.C.

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Run Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the USA Live online/Classroom for your team

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  • GBP 450
  • Per attendee, based on 10 attendees
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  • At your choice of location, or online


We can customise this course to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

Contact our in-house training experts Aleksandra Beer and Yesim Nurko to discuss your requirements:

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Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra Beer

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

Yesim Nurko

Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749