September – October 2014

Sep 26 Fri
Navigating the Software Patent Landscape in the European Patent Office: An Examiner’s View @ Bannan Hall
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Schwegman htli-logo-facebook


Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. and the High Tech Law Institute


Navigating the Software Patent Landscape in the European Patent Office:
An Examiner’s View

Register Online

“Navigating the Software Patent Landscape in the European Patent Office:  An Examiner’s View” aims to explain the EPO approach to software patents, and its history. The format  of the conference will begin with an overview of the current EPO approach to software patents by current EPO examiners. The presentation will be followed by interactive workshops moderated by EPO patent practitioners. The workshops will focus on the identification of patentable subject matter and how to develop arguments for patentability.

This conference is ideal for patent attorneys, agents and other legal professionals that advise on intellectual property protection of software and related technologies.

The event is complimentary, but you must register in advance.

Register Online

Four hours of California MCLE is offered upon completion.


John-CollinsDr. John Collins, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A., graduated with an honours degree in Medical Physics from London University and went on to obtain his doctorate in Physics from London University. After a couple of years post-doctoral research, he entered the patent profession in 1990. He is a Chartered Physicist, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Member of the European Physical Society. His practice has covered a wide range of technical fields including logic design, medical equipment, telecommunications, Internet related technology, neural networks, genetic algorithms, speech recognition, active noise control, encryption, software and business methods. He has considerable experience of proceedings before the European Patent Office, including oppositions and appeals and also has experience in litigation both in the UK and the USA.

Cristina-Margarido Christina Margarido, EPO Examiner, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Porto University, Portugal, as well as a post-graduation in management. After a couple of years in Research, she became a Patent Examiner at the EPO in 2002. Her field of work ranges from electronic business, electronic payment, and devices for supporting learning. She has worked in search, examination and opposition of European Patent and Patent Applications.


Luca Falo, EPO Examiner, graduated magna cum laude in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in February 2000, with a dissertation in Artifical Intelligence. After graduation, he joined the Italian Air Force as Engineering Officer (Lieutenant). Since 2002 he has been a Patent Examiner at the EPO, first in the Telecommunication cluster and then in Directorate 1958 (Business Methods/Computer implemented inventions). He took further studies in International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Trento, Italy, and he has passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) in 2010.

Alex-TurnbullModerator:  Alex Turnbull, UK and European Patent Attorney, TLIP Ltd

Oct 14 Tue
Engineer and Patent Professional Networking and Career Event @ Nobili Hall, Santa Clara University
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a networking reception that will bring engineers and patent professionals together, hosted by Santa Clara Law, SCU School of Engineering, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association, IEEE and CASPA.

John Cabeca, Director of the USPTO Silicon Valley Satellite Office, and a panel of patent law practitioners will discuss how to leverage your engineering experience into a successful career as a patent professional.

The event is complimentary, but registration is required.  Email to register.

Featured Speakers and Panelists:

John Cabeca Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent And Trademark Office

Laura Lee Norris, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, Santa Clara Law

Joseph Wang, Esq., Associate, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

James Yoon, Esq., Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati


Event Partners:

scu-engineering-school-logo IEEE-logo  SVIPLA-logo CASPA-LOGO
Oct 27 Mon
Pathways to Impact Investing @ Santa Clara University
9:00 am – October 29, 2014 @ 5:30 pm


Santa Clara University Executive Education

“Pathways to Impact Investing”


Program Description

Traveling to Santa Clara University

Register Online


There is a growing interest to combine personal investment choices with meaningful social and environmental impact. Coined in 2007, Impact Investing now encompasses a broad array of investment choices. Pathways to Impact Investing will help you understand the sector landscape, plan your impact strategy, and learn from other impact investors how they make direct and indirect investments. This case-led 3 day course is hosted by Santa Clara University in collaboration with Toniic, SV2 and TPW – The Philanthropy Workshop – and presents a practical guide for investors. It is oriented toward asset owners and advisors who are serious about including impact in their investment choices. Participants will come away with a better understanding of investment choices and impact measures, techniques for assembling a portfolio, and a personalized action plan for making impact investments.

The Impact Sector:

Explore the ‘theory of change’ that drives the sector and its work to use money and market building to affect positive social and environmental outcomes both domestically and abroad. Learn about the people and organizations that have built the sector to date and examine the results earned so far. Gain an understanding of terms used by investors in the field and resources available to sector participants.

Portfolio Assembly:

Take a deep look at examples and results from active portfolios in the impact sector. Learn about the broad asset choices that are now available to investors – from passive placement of funding to very active direct investments. An understanding of impact metrics will also be included. Filled with personal and professional examples, the course leaders will take you through how they have made investments and the tools they use to consider and ultimately choose an investment. This lively interaction will look at finding and screening investment opportunities, understanding terms of investments and structures used, and convey anecdotes on post-investment experience.

Taking Action:

Impact investing is deeply rooted in a values-centered approach. During Pathways to Impact Investing, you will have a chance to form your own impact strategy and work on aligning your interests with your actions. Pathways to Impact Investing will also provide you materials to help structure your impact investing plan, create a personalized investment policies statement, and identify the ‘next steps’ surfaced during the course.

Join us for an immersive, values-centric 3 day session on impact investing.

Dates & Fees

Dates: October 27 to 29, 2014
Duration: 3 full days (9:00am to 5:30pm)


General Registration  US $2990.00
Partner Members US $2490.00
SCU Board and Alumni $2490.00

For program information, please contact Joerg Geier,, 1-408-551-6043.

For questions concerning program logistics and reservation, please contact Dorice Kunis,, 1-408-551-1868.

Content Partners:

KLFF_logo TPW_Logo_Horizontal

Network Partner: