We are pleased to present an esteemed panel of three experts from Europe who can shed some light on and provide guidance about navigating issues before the EPO and in other jurisdictions in Europe. The patent laws in Europe can provide a source of frustration for American practitioners with clients who are seeking advice and results with regard to their innovations in European jurisdictions.
Jim Boff is a Partner of the firm of Phillips and Leigh in the United Kingdom, a member of council of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and an observer for the European Patent Institute on the EPO’s Select Committee for the unitary patent. He will be speaking on issues regarding the upcoming Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent as well as how American patent practitioners can begin to prepare now for their eventual adoption in Europe.
Alex Gardiner and Falk Giemsa are patent examiners from the EPO with over 30 years of combined experience. They are also co-authors of the book entitled Patent Law for Computer Scientists: Steps to Protect Computer-Implemented Inventions. Gardiner and Giemsa will be speaking on issues regarding practice before the EPO, issues related to unity of invention, added subject matter, pitfalls in the right to claim priority under European practice, and other issues that are of relevance to American practitioners. Additionally, they will also be speaking on how American practitioners can enter the EPO with a computer implemented invention and avoid the perceived hostility towards these types of inventions for which the EPO has a reputation.
Gardiner studied engineering at Aberdeen University in the UK and joined the EPO in Munich in 1990. In 1997 he moved to the EPO in The Hague and there faced the rapid increase in business method applications. He developed new working practices and procedures at the EPO in related matters and trained examiners at all EPO sites accordingly. Falk Giemsa studied computer science at LMU in Munich, Germany. He joined the EPO as an examiner in 2002 and works in the fields of business methods and educational and demonstration appliances.