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IP café: Patents for software?

June 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

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Patenting software: tips and advice

What to expect?

A small and friendly breakfast session on patenting software and computer-implemented inventions, combining the benefits of a short and focused presentation, informal discussion, and networking with colleagues active in your sector.


Today’s highly connected environment has resulted in a growth of innovation in computer programs, apps for tablets, smartphones, and user interfaces; yet computer implemented inventions remain one of the more challenging patenting fields at the European Patent Office. As IP professionals rise to meet the challenges of stricter examination and European patenting exclusions, this IP Cafe offers practical tips and advice. What are the software exclusions? How can they be overcome? With plentiful examples and illustrations, anyone with an interest in computer implemented inventions should attend.

Target audience

• Technology Transfer Officers
• CTOs, CSOs, CEOs
• IPR Managers
• Patent Prosecutors
• Inventors
• Computer engineers & software developers



Welcome and breakfast starting from 9.00h. The sessions start at 9.30h, and conclude at 11.00h.
Registration is free of charge, but subscription is mandatory. Kindly subscribe by sending a mail

About the speakers:

De Clercq & Partners (DCP) is a team of highly qualified European and Belgian patent attorneys, patent advisers, Benelux and European trademark attorneys and legal representatives with strong scientific, legal and industry backgrounds. DCP has been ranked as Tier 1 IP Prosecution law firm for Belgium by the 2015 Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) Survey.

Jeff Gyi has a long experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the field of computer implemented inventions for Europe and the US, and regularly represents clients in written and oral proceedings in examination, opposition and appeal procedures before the European Patent Office. He also advises on infringement and provides strategic counsel. He gives regular talks and has written several articles on aspects of IP protection. He is British-Belgian, has a PhD in biophysics from University of Manchester, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in structural biology at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London, UK. He is a European Patent Attorney at DCP.

David Lesthaeghe is extensively involved in the drafting and prosecution of mathematical and computer-related applications before the European Patent Office, and other jurisdictions including the US. He advises on patentability, infringement, provides strategic counsel, and is involved in EPO opposition and appeal proceedings. He has a dual Belgian-British nationality, a Master of Science in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium, and completed an FWO postdoctoral fellowship in computer simulations at the Center for Molecular Modeling in Ghent, Belgium. He is a European Patent Attorney at DCP.


June 4, 2015
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Christophe Coppens
+32 2 800 00 56


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