EVENT: Software - To patent or not to? Algorithms and Automation as Patentable Subject Matter

November 8, 2012


You are Invited to Attend our Presentation on
Software - To patent or not to? Algorithms and Automation as Patentable Subject Matter
on November 8th at the Westin Waltham Hotel
8:00 - 10:30am with complimentary continental breakfast


Software: To Patent or Not To?

Would you like to learn more about software subject matter patentability?  Join us on Thursday, November 8 at the Westin Waltham to receive guidance on whether to seek patent protection for different types of software, such as the application of a mathematical algorithm or a business method.  Recent litigation, such as Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al, emphasize the value of strategic software patents.  Please join our informative panel to learn more about recognizing and protecting potential patent-eligible subject matter for your company.

What you will learn:

  • Criteria for determining software subject matter eligibility
  • Fallout since the Federal Circuit's ruling in In re Bilski
  • PTO Interim Guidance for subject matter eligibility determinations
  • Strategies to improve the likelihood of a successful software patent application

8:00am - Registration and complimentary continental breakfast
8:30 - 10:30am - Presentation and discussion

Location: Westin Waltham Hotel, 70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451






Mary Lou Wakimura
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds


Giovanna Fessenden
Of Counsel
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds



Guest Panelists:

Steven Kursh, Ph.D., CSDP, CLP 






Steven is an Executive Professor at Northeastern University.  He has extensive experience in the development, implementation, licensing, and valuation of software, Internet, and telecommunications technologies.  Dr. Kursh has founded and successfully exited two technology companies. 

Named a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Kursh serves as a General Editor in Finance and Information Technology for Pearson Education.  He holds a patent and is the author of numerous publications related to the software industry, the Internet, and telecommunications, including a book published by Financial Times Prentice-Hall. 

Dr. Kursh is certified by the IEEE Computer Society as a Computer Software Development Professional (CSDP) and the Licensing Executives Society as a CLP. (Certified Licensing Professional).  He earned his AB from Boston College (Scholar of the College distinction) and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  His present research activities focus on financing for lean enterprises and how startups and growing ventures can best finance and leverage intellectual property. 

Chris Frerking










Chris is a Professor of Law and Director of the Patent Practice and Procedure Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), where he teaches courses on patent prosecution and patent law. 

Prior to his work at the UNH School of Law, Chris worked in Munich, Germany for more than six years as a U.S. patent attorney and as a partner in a German patent firm.  He has more than 15 years of experience in patent law, including work for firms in Palo Alto (at Fish & Neave, now Ropes & Gray) and in Boston (at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault).  Chris was also an in-house attorney for a startup company in Cambridge, MA and for Symbol Technologies (now part of Motorola).  He has worked primarily in patent prosecution and licensing, with a focus on software, computer systems, wireless networks, digital electronics, signal processing, pattern recognition, sensors, and control systems.  Chris has a technical background in Computer Science, and worked for more than eight years as a computer scientist and group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory prior to studying law.

Chris holds a B.S. in Computer Science (with highest honors) from U.C. Riverside, an M.S. in Computer Science from U.C. Davis, a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Santa Clara University School of Law, and an LL.M. from Cambridge.


James Coe










James is Chief Patent Counsel for the Americas region of Schneider Electric, a French-based multinational company specializing in energy management products and solutions, ranging from miniature circuit breakers and 3-phase uninterruptible power supplies to building management software.  James provides patent support for the R&D and product development functions, overseeing all patent prosecution, clearance and portfolio development activities for the Business Units operating in the Americas.   

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, James worked at several intellectual property boutique law firms in the Boston area, most recently at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds.  While in private practice, he counseled clients with regard to development and management of patent and trademark portfolios, having prosecuted patent applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a variety of technologies including, computer software, machine vision, computer and communications networks, semiconductor devices, and mechanical devices. 

James graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Mathematical Sciences and Psychology, and holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.




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