Join us for a late-afternoon session where we address a range of issues encountered in technology transfer and provide our advice on how to make the patent system work best for you and your institution.
The seminar, which will take place from 4.00 – 7.30pm on Thursday 10 October, is specifically targeted at those working in the technology transfer field.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about their own situation and there will be plenty of time for networking over drinks and canapés.
US Patent Prosecution – How To Break The Logjam
The US is a key market for the commercialisation of inventions originating from university research. Obtaining a US patent which provides broad protection is therefore critical. However, US prosecution can be difficult. Examiners can persist with objections in the face of arguments that have been successful in other jurisdictions. Applicants can end up going round in circles trying to convince an examiner the claims are allowable. This talk will examine the strategies available to break the logjams that can arise in US patent prosecution. With a good understanding of the procedural options available before the USPTO, recalcitrant examiners can be persuaded and commercially useful patent protection can be secured.
Blockchain Innovation – What Can Be Protected
With blockchain no longer the sole preserve of cryptocurrencies, we are seeing an increasing number of “inventions” related to this technology. However, although many patent applications have been filed for blockchain-related innovations, it remains to be seen how many of them are actually protectable, given the various constraints on patenting mathematical methods, computer software and business methods. This session will look at different types of blockchain innovation and analyse which stand the best chances of successfully navigating the patent system and how applications can be prepared to take account of this.
Anybody working in technology transfer organisations or university spinouts, and other university-based scientists, inventors or entrepreneurs.
Email Charlotte Bainborough to book a place for yourself or a colleague.
Registration from 4.00pm. Presentations to start at 4.30pm.
51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN
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