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Alice 101: Patenting Software And Business Methods In The US

  • 1 Dec 2015

The repercussions of Alice continue to be felt by patent applicants and agents practising in the software and business method space. Over one year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, many practitioners continue to face an uphill battle overcoming §101 rejections, and a plethora of evolving strategies have been proposed for proactively avoiding such rejections altogether. Meanwhile, the USPTO itself continues to revise its guidance in the practice.

Please join us as we learn practical tips for preparing patent specification to avoid §101 rejections, as well as overcoming §101-based examiner objections. We are joined by Richard Bauer, co-head of Patents practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Richard visited the TIPG in November 2013, prior to Alice, to discuss patentability of software in the US as it stood then. Richard now brings with him a new set of tools relevant to current US practice.

Richard 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.

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