Starts: 05.03.2012 at 14:00
Ends: 05.03.2012 at 15:00
This virtual classroom session is fully booked! The registration is closed.
Virtual classroom, online
This one-hour webcast will introduce one topic from the twenty ip4inno modules specifically designed to equip business advisors, TTOs and other intermediaries with an understanding of intellectual property (IP) issues as they impact SMEs and new businesses.
This webcast will be a "taster" for the three 2-day sit-in workshops that will be organised later this year. More information on ip4inno project can be found on the ip4inno website.
The exclusion in European patent law against protection for software is often misunderstood. Whilst software itself is protected by copyright, inventions which rely upon computers can be protected by patents. Indeed, a great many of the applications received and granted by the EPO are for so-called "computer-implemented inventions" across a broad range of technical fields.
For businesses innovating in the ICT sector a knowledge of these two very different IP rights - patents and copyright - is essential for successful exploitation of research. This excerpt from ip4inno Module 6A will explain the peculiarities of "patents for software" and compare this form of protection with copyright.
More information on EPO policy and practice can be seen here.
The virtual classroom tutor will be Alexander Gardiner, examiner at the European Patent Office.
European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Landsberger Str. 30
T: +49 89 2399 7137
F: +49 89 2399 5279
Deadline for registration is over.