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Avoiding a Software Patent Rabbit Hole with the Alice Test

  • The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation 275 N. Gateway Drive Phoenix, AZ, 85034 United States (map)
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If you thought software couldn’t be patented, you’re not alone. It’s a common misconception because getting a software patent is hard to do! Ever since the Supreme Court's decision in Alice v. CLS Bank Int'l., 134 S. Ct. 2347, it has been more difficult to establish eligibility for software related inventions before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to be up-to-date on SCOTUS rulings to decode the new guidelines for writing software patent applications. To help you understand this topic, we’re bringing in some of the great legal minds at Woods Oviatt Gilman to tell you about what they’ve learned from their experiences submitting software patent applications for clients. During this lecture and Q&A session, Dennis B. Danella and Ron Kisicki will be sharing:

  • How the courts have defined what is patent eligible and ineligible in the software arts since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank Int'l.

  • What to focus your patent application on to increase your chances of getting it through the review process

  • How to make sure you’re not unknowingly infringing on someone else’s patent, even if you think you’ve written a novel piece of code

Danella and Kisicki will be sharing vital information that will give you important insight into the world of software patent law, so if you’re a tech entrepreneur or developer who is interested in protecting your product, then you won’t want to miss this!

Dennis B. Danella

Dennis B. Danella is a Partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.  His national practice focuses on assisting clients in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and domain name matters.  He works closely with all of his clients ranging from start-up and emerging companies to large multinational corporations to protect and enforce their rights in a cost effective and efficient manner.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Danella was a partner at Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP in its Rochester office, and an associate at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP in its Kansas City, Missouri office.

Ronald J. Kisicki

Ronald J. Kisicki is a Partner in the firm's Business & Finance Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office, and concentrates his practice in Intellectual Property Law. He is experienced in managing large patent portfolios and in counseling clients on various intellectual property matters. He also has extensive experience handling intellectual property litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret infringement suits.

Mr. Kisicki has a BSME degree from Western Michigan University, an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Law degree from Michigan State, formerly Detroit College of Law.

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