Software Patenting


Tampere University of Technology, Tietotalo, TB207

Tuesday 21st to Wednesday 22nd of August, 2012


  • Dr. Shmuel Ur, Shmuel Ur Innovations

Dr. Shmuel Ur ( received his Ph.D. in Algorithms Optimization and Combinatorics in 1994 in Carnegie Mellon University under Michael Trick and Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon. Shmuel received his Bs.C. and Ms.C. from the Technion in Israel. Shmuel has published in the fields of hardware testing, artificial intelligence, algorithms, software testing and testing of multi-threaded programs. Shmuel has more than 60 professional publications, more than 25 granted patents and has given numerous talks and tutorials. Shmuel was a research scientist in the IBM research lab in Haifa, Israel for 16 years, where he held the title of IBM Master Inventor. Later, he became an independent inventor (working with Intellectual Ventures and start-ups). Shmuel has also consulted with banks and companies as to how to improve their software development process. After leaving IBM Research, Shmuel has been active in the area of IP education for computer professionals and has initiated a new workshop entitled Patents and Software Engineering.

  • Harri Koivisto (Papula-Nevinpat)

Harri Koivisto is a Patent Attorney at Papula-Nevinpat. He earned his Master of Science in Engineering from the Tampere University of Technology in 1998. He started his Intellectual Property career in 1997 at Papula-Nevinpat. In 1999 he moved to the telecommunications industry focusing on project management and new business development. In 2004 Harri took up another position at a global company within the telecommunication industry, working as an IPR Manager responsible for all patent related matters. His experience includes boosting innovation within the company, identifying and handling inventions, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, patent strategy work, licensing and litigation, selling patents as well as managing large patent portfolios. Harri rejoined Papula-Nevinpat in 2010 at its office in Tampere and is responsible for client relationships within the Tampere area. Harri has acted as an expert in patent litigations, and has a lot of experience of Oral Hearings before the European Patent Office (EPO), both before the Opposition Division and the Boards of Appeal.

Organizer: Dr. Mika Katara, Assoc. Prof., Tampere University of Technology


This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD-students. For others the participation fee is 700 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.


Tuesday 21st of August, Day 1: Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Software Patenting

09:00 Opening (Katara)
09:05 Session 1
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Session 2
12:15 Lunch break
13:15 Session 3
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 Session 4
16:15 Closing

Wednesday 22nd of August, Day 2: Hands-on Workshop on Generating Patents

09:00 Session 5
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Session 6
12:15 Lunch break
13:15 Session 7
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 Session 8
16:15 Closing


Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating on both days and returning a learning diary after the event (length and deadline announced at the seminar opening).