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What is Next for Software Patents: Strategies for Coping with an Emerging Software Patent Landscape

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Together, the Federal Circuit and Patent Office have dramatically unsettled the law regarding the patent eligibility of software inventions. Some see this as the end of software patents; others see these claims as overblown. 

Join us for an interactive panel discussion that examines the recent developments and clarifies the muddled landscape. We will discuss:

• What kinds of software inventions are patent eligible in the United States

• Patent eligibility for software

• Software patents outside the United States

• New procedures for challenging patents

• Insurance policies for intellectual property


Mark Knedeisen and Christopher G. Wolfe are partners in the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates with backgrounds in electrical engineering who focus on IP strategy and patent procurement for software and business method patents.

Charles D. Holland is a partner in the Palo Alto office of K&L Gates who also focuses on IP strategy and patent procurement.  His experience with technology as an engineer and with law spans almost four decades, and he has helped a number of high-tech companies address IP issues and build IP portfolios.

About K&L Gates:

K&L Gates represents global corporations, middle-market companies, entrepreneurs in various industries, and public sector entities. Our clients include both venture capitalists and companies funded by venture capitalists, including high-growth companies in the fields of information technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing. Our lawyers provide counsel on a broad range of transactions, including minority and control investments, strategic investments, licensing arrangements, seed stage financing, traditional convertible preferred stock rounds, later-stage funding, bridge financing, PIPES, convertible securities, leveraged buyouts, roll-ups, restructurings, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions.

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