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Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Software—Is There Anything Left?

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Venue: Honors Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $35.00

Deadline to Register:  April 10, 2016

One of the reasons frequently cited for the limited protection provided by copyright law for non-literal copying of computer software is that innovative software can be protected under the country’s patent laws. As the courts and the patent office struggle with the Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice Corp. decision on the boundaries of patent-ineligible subject matter, it has become clear that many innovative software products are now ineligible for protection under patent law. This one-hour seminar will address the current scope of protection provided to software products under both copyright law and patent law, and will attempt to address what is left of intellectual property protection for computer software.

The Computer and Technology Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the CLE at Noon.


Allen Oh: Allen focuses his practice on patent procurement at Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP. He has helped clients secure patent protection for a variety of technologies, such as wired and wireless communications, networking, medical devices, computer hardware and software, and automotive technologies. Allen’s practice also includes patent investigations, including patentability, patent infringement, and patent clearance studies.

Dan Tysver: Dan is a partner at the Minneapolis patent law firm of Beck Tysver Evans where he focuses primarily on the areas of computer hardware and software, mobile devices, and consumer electronics. Dan is a graduate of Carleton College and Harvard Law School, and has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota Law School. He is frequent lecturer on intellectual property issues, and is the author of BitLaw, an award winning website providing legal information on intellectual property.

Rob Kalinsky: Rob practices general intellectual property law, focusing on patent prosecution and litigation support at Merchant & Gould P.C. He helps clients of all sizes to strategically grow their patent portfolios. He concentrates his patent prosecution practice in the electrical and mechanical arts, including an emphasis in software and biomedical device patents. He has particular experience in preparing and prosecuting software and business method patents, and has helped many clients patent Internet-based and financial innovations. Rob understands the unique issues surrounding these technologies and helps his clients think strategically when seeking to protect core business processes.

CLE Credit:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 218550 


Computer and Technology Section (CTLS) Member:  FREE
MSBA Member (but not member of CTLS):  $15
Non-MSBA Member: $35
Law Student: FREE

Join the Computer and Technology Law Section and attend the CLE for FREE: $30
MSBA members who are not members of the Computer & Technology Law Section can join the section for $30 and attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your MSBA membership and then contact Tram Nguyen | 612.278.6316 to register for this meeting at no charge.

Remote Participation: 

Participation by teleconferencing and webcasting is available.  Please indicate remote participation when registering.  Instructions will be sent via email one day prior to the CLE.

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