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13 June 2013

Examination of Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) and Business Methods Applications at the European Patent Office (EPO)Examination of Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) and Business Methods Applications at the European Patent Office (EPO)

Location: Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Maria Fernandez-Ferreria - European Patent Office at Rijswijk/The Hague, NL

Software and Business Methods constitute a controversial field with respect to the type of intellectual property protection that inventions in this area should, or not, be granted. At the EPO patents are granted for applications fulfilling the requirements set forth in the European Patent Convention (EPC). Although the European Patent Convention explicitly excludes from patentability both "programs for computers" and "business methods", it does not provide a definition for these terms, their interpretation playing a key role in the examination procedure. After a brief introduction to the EPO, we will concentrate on the common practice at the EPO concerning computer implemented inventions and business methods: how these terms are interpreted, what is the legal context (EPC articles and relevant decisions of the Boards of Appeal) and how are applications in this field examined; real examples will also be discussed. BIO: Maria Fernández Ferreira holds a Sc.B. in Mathematics, by the University of Lisbon, an Engineer's degree in Computer Science by Universidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science by the University of Utrecht. She worked as a research assistant at the New University of Lisbon and the universities of Nijmegen and Utrecht in The Netherlands; as Assistant Professor at the New University of Lisbon and shortly as Invited Professor at Université Paris-Sud (Orsay). Since October 1999, she has been working as a patent examiner at the EPO branch in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, in the Computer Cluster, dealing in particular with computer implemented inventions and business methods.


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