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

“Navigating the Software Patent Landscape in the European Patent Office” An Exmainer’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 of 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. Event registration opening soon!

Four hours of California MCLE is offered upon completion. Santa Clara Law is a California MCLE approved provider.

Moderator:  Alex Turnbull, UK and European Patent Attorney, TLIP Ltd


Dr. 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.

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.


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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, USPTO, 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.