The presentation will focus on practical ideas for use in drafting and prosecuting software based applications in the USPTO. The structure of the presentation is grounded in an analysis of the USPTO Guidelines and Guidances issued since the Alice decision combined with insights from monthly in person Examiner interviews over years working in this art. A particular focus will be on recent sea changes which both support the routes identified by the guidance and provide a cautious optimism that some of the cultural storms in the PTO which have been adding to the challenges are starting to abate leading towards the prospect of calmer seas for navigation.
Michael Piper is President of the Intellectual Property firm Conley Rose PC, based in Texas in the United States. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and has previously presented in the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and New Zealand on IP topics including subject matter eligibility for software related patents and prosecution efficiency in the U.S. practice. He has dealt extensively with IP counseling generally and the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications for telecommunications products and services and supporting software and IT infrastructure as well as significant work on mechanical and other technologies in and around the oilfield.
Most importantly, Michael is the proud father of 17 year old triplet daughters and a 14 year old son, a multi-faceted role calling for skills in Soccer coaching, choir and theater booster clubbing, mediation, arbitration, and general cat herding among others.