Written from over 70 years of experience, this overview explains patent laws across Europe, the US and Japan, and teaches readers how to think from a patent examiner's perspective. Over 10 detailed case studies are presented from different computer science applications.
Daniel Closa studied in France and worked for Thomson until 1987, when he joined the EPO as an examiner in Berlin. He later transferred to Munich, gaining experience in various technical fields in the electronics area. He specialised in opposition procedures and passed the European Qualifying Examination for patent attorneys in 1998. Alex Gardiner studied engineering at Aberdeen University in the UK. He joined the EPO in Munich in 1990. In 1997 he moved to the EPO in The Hague and there faced the rapid increase in business method applications. He developed new working practices and procedures at the EPO in related matters and trained examiners at all EPO sites accordingly. He returned to Munich in 2007. Falk Giemsa studied computer science at LMU in Munich, Germany. He joined the EPO as an examiner in 2002 and works in the fields of business methods and educational and demonstration appliances. Jorg Machek is a physicist, he received a Diploma from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and a PhD from Brunel University, UK. After six years in manufacturing and semiconductor devices research, he joined the EPO in 1986. He is a director in charge of searching and examining computer-implemented inventions and methods for doing business.
Alex Gardiner, Daniel Closa, Falk Giemsa, Jorg Machek
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