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Upcoming events

    • 25 Sep 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA

    Thursday, September 25 2014
     Hyatt Regency Hotel   
    5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA

    "The EPO:
    A Young Patent System Meets an Old Patent System"

    SVIPLA is fortunate to have as its September program a presentation from three European Patent Office representatives. European Patent examiners, with vast experience in the fields of business methods and computer implemented inventions will provide you with a view of the European patent system, including a perspective of the area that is their everyday work. They will introduce the European Patent Office - what it is, what it does, and how a patent application becomes a patent. They will present the European Patent System, including some fundamental aspects of patentability. The borderline of patentability in computer-implemented inventions and business methods also will be addressed.


    Alex Gardiner graduated in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from Aberdeen University, Scotland. After working in seismic surveying and as a radio operator telecoms/datacoms engineer on oil rigs, he joined the EPO at the end of 1990. From plugs to analogue amplifiers, to data storage and bus systems, he ended up working in the field now known as 'business methods' in 1998, just as the internet boom really took off.  He was involved in developing the EPO response to an influx of applications and worked on many of the key cases which went on to the EPO appeals body, shaping EPO jurisprudence and practice. He is active in the advanced stages of training of both examiners and attorneys at the EPO.

    Cristina Margarido has a degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering, and a post-grad in Quantitative Methods in Management, both from the University of Porto. Since 2002 she has been working as a Patent Examiner at the European Patent Office in Munich, in the areas of electronic commerce, payment systems and educational appliances. With particular expertise in the controversial area of non-patentable matter and the technical/non-technical assessment of CII (computer implemented inventions), She has authored two studies of EPO Board of Appeal decisions in these fields.

    Luca Faló graduated magna cum laude in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome "La Sapienza” in February 2000, with a dissertation in Artificial 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 passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) in 2010. 

    If you have problems registering for the September dinner meeting and want to make a reservation, please email Casey at caseymj10@hotmail.com.

    DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION OR CANCELLATION: Tuesday noon, September 23, 2014.  Online registration automatically closes at that time - please make your reservation online by the deadline as there are only a few extra spaces allotted at the meeting for walk-ins. The venue may not be able to serve meals beyond the guaranteed number expected for the meeting.


    REMINDER: Renewal or new SVIPLA memberships are now due - the membership year is September 2014 - June 2015.  Please renew your membership at time of registering for the September dinner meeting or separately at www.svipla.org.

    SVIPLA Tax ID#-77-0491659

    MCLE: This event will qualify for 1 hour of CLE credit. The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

    • 02 Oct 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA

    SVIPLA and the Gao Lulin Foundation (Beijing) are pleased to present a seminar regarding the latest developments of intellectual property law and enforcement in China and the U.S. with leading Chinese and U.S. IP judges, Patent and Trademark Office officials, attorneys, and scholars sharing their insights and experiences.

    Date: October 2, 2014
    Time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
    Cost: FREE
    Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks included, with cocktail reception to follow.

    Preregistration is required.

    To register, click here.

    • 14 Oct 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Santa Clara University - Nobili Hall

    Santa Clara University Engineer and Patent Professional Networking and Career Event

    October 14, 2014, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Nobili Hall, Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real

    A networking reception and panel discussion will be held to bring engineers and patent professionals together, hosted by Santa Clara Law, SCU School of Engineering, SVIPLA, 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.

    For more information, click here.

    To register, send email to:htli@scu.edu.

Past events

10 Sep 2014 USPTO's Byrnes Keynotes Stanford Reception on Tech Revolution
15 Aug 2014 Opening Reception - AIPLA New Lawyers Committee Summer Retreat-Plan to attend
26 Jun 2014 Michelle Lee, USPTO, Speaks at Stanford Law School - You are invited!
09 Jun 2014 SVIPLA June 9 Dinner-USPTO Patents Commissioner + Panelists Discuss NPEs/PAEs/Trolls Initiatives
15 May 2014 SVIPLA May 15 Dinner-E.D. Texas-Helping You with Patent Prep & Prosecution
29 Apr 2014 SVIPLA April 29–Reception Hosted after USPTO AIA Trial Roundtable
27 Mar 2014 SVIPLA March 27 - Meet New USPTO-SV Director John Cabeca
18 Mar 2014 USC Gould School of Law 2014 Intellectual Property Institute – March 18
20 Feb 2014 SVIPLA Feb. 20 Dinner-A View from In-House IP Counsel
23 Jan 2014 SVIPLA Jan. 23 Dinner - Elimination of Bias - Get Your CLE
19 Dec 2013 SVIPLA Dec. 19 - Holiday Dinner Honoring Stephen Quake, Inventor of the Year
21 Nov 2013 SVIPLA Nov. 21-Synchronizing Global Patent Prosecution
24 Oct 2013 Hong Kong Trade Development Council Luncheon - Palo Alto
22 Oct 2013 SVIPLA October 22 - Is this technical enough? Understanding the EPO’s Approach to Computer Implemented Inventions
25 Sep 2013 WLAC Alameda County Annual Judges Dinner
19 Sep 2013 SVIPLA Sept. 19 - European and Asian IP Update Straight from London!
13 Aug 2013 SVIPLA Announces Patent Monetization Complimentary Seminar by Epicenter
09 Jul 2013 SVIPLA Inventor of the Year - July 22 Nominations Deadline
20 Jun 2013 SVIPLA June 20 - Strategies on Post-Grant Review Proceedings
16 May 2013 SVIPLA May 16 Dinner Meeting Cancelled
06 May 2013 SVIPLA Luncheon May 6-Meet New Silicon Valley USPTO Director
03 May 2013 Santa Clara HTLI Hosts Federal Circuit Bar Litigation Series
26 Apr 2013 Silicon Valley World IP Day - Plan to Attend
25 Apr 2013 SVIPLA April 25 Dinner Hosts University Professors
28 Mar 2013 SVIPLA March 28 Dinner-America Invents Act
21 Mar 2013 2nd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum
15 Mar 2013 Santa Clara Law HTLI - DMCA Retrospective
26 Feb 2013 USPTO COMES TO CALIFORNIA - Presentations February 26-28
22 Feb 2013 HTLI's Mobile Revolution Symposium
21 Feb 2013 SVIPLA-Feb. 21 Dinner-AIA and Start-Ups-Protecting IP & Patent Prosecution
20 Feb 2013 USPTO Offers RCE Filings Roundtable/Focus Session
24 Jan 2013 SVIPLA - Jan. 24 - Ethics for IP Lawyers - 1 hour Ethics Credit
24 Jan 2013 PTAB Hiring Administrative Patent Judges - Interested?
26 Oct 2012 UC BERKELEYLAW CONFERENCE: RAND Revisited: Current Developments in the Law of Standards-Essential Patents
27 Sep 2012 SVIPLA Presents Inventor of the Year - Shuji Nakamura, Ph.D.
28 Jun 2012 “The Juror’s Perspective on Patents and Patent Trials”
17 May 2012 "Insights Into the PTO from an Ex-Examiner and Patent Prosecution Practitioners"
29 Mar 2012 Patent Strategies in China
28 Feb 2012 Optimizing Patents for Licensing and Enforcement: Common Pitfalls and Best Practices

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