Software Patents - Beyond the Pale?

Dr. Diego Black
Withers & Rogers

 Date:  5th October 2012 (Friday)
 Time: 12:00 - 13:00
 Venue: MB304 - Wolfson Lab

Large corporations increasingly protect their software products with patents, but this activity poses interesting questions and generates considerable, often highly emotive, debate. We explore what is a software patent, and what can be patented in the UK and Europe, and how this differs from the US. In particular, we will consider what might be considered a patentable invention when the invention might be consider to be “abstract” or implemented in software. Finally, we will explore whether relatively small firms and institutions can benefit from such patents. This session is intended to be interactive, and based on real world examples.