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Date(s) - Fri 02/19/2016
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Hanson Bridgett LLP

International Patent Practice Update: Stephen Blake and Gianfranco Matteucci of Marks Clerk will address developments in patent law and strategies in Europe and Asia. The discussion will include:

  • Similarities between EPO and USPTO patent eligibility requirements post-Alice and whether US practitioners can learn anything from Europe’s difficulties when our own law changed a few years back.
  • the implementation of AEC (ASEAN Economic Community)
  • development and business potentiality in the AEC
  • overview of patent prosecution & enforceability issues in the AEC
  • discussion about the Singapore patent system
  • patent strategies in Singapore and the AEC region
  • ASEAN Patent Examination Co-operation (ASPEC)

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Stephen Blake: Stephen is a chartered UK and European Patent Attorney experienced in filing and prosecuting patent applications, broadly in the fields of telecommunications, software, electronic engineering, and mechanical engineering. Stephen also advises his clients on enforcement, assignments and licensing, and represents them before the European Patent Office at oral proceedings. Stephen graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class honours degree and a PhD, both in Electronic Engineering. Prior to entering the patent profession, Stephen spent six years in the Royal Air Force as an Avionics Engineer.
In 2014, Stephen featured in Managing Intellectual Property as co-author of an article on the Patent Prosecution Highway. In addition to this, and following the recent Banking on IP report from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Stephen has been invited to join their working group to help develop a framework of tools to aid businesses wishing to value their intellectual property. In March 2015, Stephen was appointed as an Associate Member of the European Patent Institute’s Professional Education Committee.

gianfranco-matteucciGianfranco Matteucci: Gianfranco is a registered Singapore patent agent and has passed the European and Italian Patent Attorney qualifying examinations. He is also a European and Italian Trade mark Attorney. Gianfranco specialises in a broad field of technologies, including biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, plant varieties, biomedical devices, nanotechnology and composite materials.

Having entered the patent profession in 1992, Gianfranco has a wealth of knowledge in Intellectual Property Law hailing from the global experience he had in Europe, Japan and now Singapore. He practiced in Italy for about seven years representing pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological companies as well as Research Institutions and Universities. Subsequently, Gianfranco spent five years in Japan, including four years working for the Intellectual Property department of RIKEN, a government-funded research institute, mainly working in the Japanese language.

Gianfranco graduated with a Laurea in Biological Sciences from the University of Rome, La Sapienza. During his time at the University, he spent about six years carried out extensive research in the field of metabolism of cholesterol. He joined the Lloyd Wise, Singapore office, in 2003, which merged with Marks & Clerk in 2007. He is fluent with English, Italian, French, Spanish, and has a good knowledge of Japanese.

Gianfranco is on the WIPO List of Neutrals, which names independent WIPO arbitrators, mediators and experts from 70 countries.

He is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI),the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (ASPA) and the Asia Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). In 2014 and 2015, Gianfranco was named an ‘IP Star’ by the MIP Handbook.

Price and Registration:

Ticket Type Price (Before Ticketing Fees)
In-Person In-House Counsel Free
In-Person SFIPLA Member (Law Firm) $35
In-Person Non-Member $40
Student $10

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Hanson_logoThank you to our sponsor, Hanson Bridgett LLP, for hosting this meeting.

The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association is an approved provider of California MCLE credit, and certifies that the above activity meets the requirements for one hour of participatory credit.