When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (No. 13-298), it didn’t kill all software patents, but rather provided some guidance for future Section 101 challenges to computer-implemented claims. The court also left room for patent eligibility, but not for software-based patents that take an abstract idea and merely use a computer to implement.
Since then, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been striking down these patents in record numbers with a seemingly wider and wider definition of ineligible claims. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on software IP. There are proven ways to protect your IP, including a focus on directing claims to products that use the invention rather than the invention itself in the abstract. It’s a strategy that is working for UNeMed, so we’ve asked attorney and licensing specialist Joe Runge to lead this detailed webinar:
Successfully Protect and Monetize Your Software IP
Register today and you will hear Mr. Runge discuss:
- The history of patentable subject matter – how and why courts created classes of inventions that cannot be patented
- The recent history of 101 – review of recent cases in information technology and the life sciences that have established more specific rules for unpatentable classes of inventions
- Alice Corp v. CLS Bank Int’l – Alice clearly establishes a trend towards stronger utilization of subject matter exclusions, requiring all practitioners in high technology to draft and strategize their patents accordingly
- How to conduct a test for patentability according to the Alice ruling and subsequent guidance
- Drafting strategies that direct claims to products
- Alternative IP protection through:
- Trade secret
- Design patents
- 5 big takeaways for TTOs on protecting and monetizing post-Alice
- Mr. Runge will answer all of your questions during the live Q&A portion of the program!
Meet Your Expert Presenter:
Joe Runge is a licensing specialist and director of business development at UNeMed, the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s technology commercialization arm. Joe received his law degree from the University of Iowa, where he also received a master’s degree in molecular biology. He is a patent lawyer and registered to practice law in the state of Nebraska. He has lectured on bioentrepneurship, intellectual property and regulatory law and writes regularly for a number of websites. At UNeMed, Joe is involved with all facets of technology transfer: invention evaluation, technology marketing, intellectual property strategy, license negotiation and license enforcement. In addition, Joe collaborates with faculty to create and develop new intellectual property. In addition to his work at UNeMed, Joe sits on the state SBIR/STTR advisory board, served as a mentor to multiple start-up accelerators, and is actively involved with the technology start-up ecosystem in Omaha and Nebraska.