Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe

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Some of the most interesting and talked-about IP issues, both nationally and internationally, are those relating to artificial intelligence (AI). Among AI issues, patentability and inventorship are hot topics that will likely only continue to increase in importance. On this webinar, panelists will discuss how those issues are playing out in Europe, including:

• Developments at the European Patent Office related to AI patenting
• The principles applied by the EPO when assessing AI patent applications and AI inventorship
• Addressing hurdles to patenting AI technology
• Protection of training methods and data and
• Computer simulation case G1/19.


Speakers will include Heli Pihlajamaa (the Director of Patent Law at the EPO) and Mike Jennings (of CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee), as well as IPO European Practice Committee co-vice chair James Signor and Committee member Tobias Kaufmann. If you expect that you will be encountering patent issues relating to AI in the future, or if you are already encountering such issues, this webinar is not to be missed.

Mike Jennings

AA Thornton

is a UK & European patent attorney and a partner at AA Thornton. Mike spent half his career in industry, within IBM’s IP law department, moving to AA Thornton in 2007. He leads AA Thornton’s electrical & ICT patent team and handles a large computer-implemented invention case load at both the EPO and UKIPO, and has vast experience with EPO oppositions and appeals for a wide range of technologies. Mike has been a member of CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee since 2006, and provides training for UK patent attorneys on patenting computer-implemented inventions including AI and computer simulation. He contributed to CIPA’s recent Amicus Curiae brief on computer simulation for the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal, and CIPA’s review of the EPO’s patentability guidelines and its recent review of IP issues for AI.

Tobias Kaufmann

Bardehle Pagenberg

is a German and European patent attorney and a partner of the European IP firm Bardehle Pagenberg. He has more than 10 years of experience in prosecuting and litigating patents the fields of computer science and electrical engineering. In addition to his practical work on AI patent matters, he has also recently worked on amicus curiae letters to the EPO in the pending computer simulation referral case to the Enlarged Board of Appeal G1/19.

Heli Pihlajamaa

European Patent Office (EPO)

Director Patent Law for the European Patent Office (Munich, Germany), is responsible for supporting EPO policy by developing, strengthening and promoting the EPC, including proposals for legal changes, compliance of operations with patent law-related norms and case law. She advises EPO higher management on policy issues and legal amendments. Before joining the EPO, she worked in both the private and public sectors in Finland.

James Signor

Leydig, Voit & Mayer, LTD.

a member of Leydig, Voit & Mayer, LTD., is a U.S. Patent Attorney located in Leydig’s Frankfurt, Germany office and primarily focuses his practice on serving European clients in all aspects of U.S. intellectual property law. His practice includes drafting and prosecuting patents in diverse technologies in the mechanical, electrical and computer fields with an emphasis on emerging technologies such as AI and Blockchain. In addition to his patent prosecution practice, he works closely supporting clients in making informed business decisions and in enforcing and commercializing their IP.

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Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe
07/01/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
07/01/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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