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Emerging IP Abroad: Approaches to Protecting Computer Functionality and Designs Outside the US

May 11, 2020 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM


Virtual - all times are eastern daylight time


60 Minutes of MCLE

Moderator: Richard Stockton, Banner Witcoff


Fasten Your Seatbelts!  Prosecuting Design Patents in a Fast-Changing World:  When not to file a utility patent, balancing design patents and copyright on fast developing technologies in China, Europe and Japan
Mr. Akihiko Okuno, SK IP Law Firm, Tokyo, Japan

Patent Eligibility for Computer Functions: 
A comprehensive look at computer simulation before the Expanded Board of Appeals and insights into approaches for Canada, China, the EPO and the UK
Dr. Christian Heine, KEENWAY, Düsseldorf, Germany


  • Stockton Photo Stockton, Richard

    Banner Witcoff | Attorney

    Richard Stockton is a principal shareholder at Banner Witcoff in Chicago. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a law degree cum laude from the University of Illinois, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Technology & Policy.
  • Heine Photo Heine, Christian

    KEENWAY Patentanwälte | Partner

    Christian Heine is a German and European Patent Attorney. He entered the field of IP in 2001 after studying physics with a minor in medicine in Germany. In 2008 he became partner of an IP boutique situated in Düsseldorf, Germany, who is operating under the name of KEENWAY Patentanwälte PartG mbB since January 2020. He is intensely involved in prosecuting, invalidating and litigating European and German patents, mostly in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering and computer implemented inventions. Furthermore, he has vast experience in the field of German inventors’ law. He advises mainly medium sized business as well as major industrial enterprises based in Europe and overseas.
  • Okuno Photo Okuno, Akihiko

    SK IP Law Firm | Managing Partner