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Current state of play in Software Patents - will the pendulum swing back or turn into a wrecking ball?

  • 02 Jun 2015
  • 18:00
  • FB Rice

Connie Merlino and Manuel Schmidt will give an update on Software Patents.

Since our last talk on software patents, there has been a number of important changes to the patentability of software patents.  We will briefly outline the latest decisions in the US and Australia and the changes to the New Zealand Patents Act in relation to software patents.  Based on these changes we will provide a pragmatic approach to deciding whether the costs for pursuing a software patent are justified.  Our talk will give you the information you need to spot patenting opportunities for your clients.

Connie Merlino
Connie is a Partner, Patent Attorney and head of the ICT team at FB Rice.  Connie represents start-ups, as well as large international companies and universities.  Her experience includes prosecution of patent applications in Australia and the major commercial markets including all of Asia.  Connie also conducts patent oppositions before the Australian Patent Office and provides strategic advice in relation to patent portfolios, including infringement advice and licensing agreements.  Connie's technology background is communications, digital security, databases, imaging, software and business methods.

Dr Manuel Schmidt 
Manuel is an Associate Patent Attorney in the ICT team at FB Rice and has worked with Connie for over five years.  Manuel enjoys describing technically complex inventions in a way that is understandable to all stakeholders including potential investors as well as explaining the patent system to executives of Australian SMEs.  Manuel drafts and prosecutes patent applications and provides strategic advice to clients.  His technology background is the design of microelectronic circuits, digital communications, quantum computing, software and business methods.

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