Andrea Perronace

Jacobacci & Partners SpA

Andrea Perronace, Ph.D., is a European Patent Attorney and a Managing Partner of Jacobacci & Partners, a leading Intellectual Property (IP) Law Firm in 4 countries (Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain). Andrea graduated in Computational Physics at University of Rome “La Sapienza” and received a Ph.D. grade in Physical Chemistry from the University of Paris-Sud in Paris for a thesis that used large computer facilities. Andrea has worked in the field of IP for 17 years. He is a former external expert for the European Commission in the field of Anti-Counterfeiting and has been admitted as a Court Expert before the Enterprise Specialized Section of the Court of Rome. He also teaches as a Tutor in Patent Matters in Rome for the University of Strasbourg, and is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the Licensing Executive Society (LES). Andrea is a full member of the ICT Thematic Group of the European Patent Practice Committee (EPPC) of the European Patent Institute (epi). He lectures and writes regularly in the field of legal protection for software and data-related patent matters. He recently participated as a speaker in software-related matters seminars and workshops at LUISS ENLABS in Rome, at PoliHub in Milan as well as in Riga for the Latvian University and Latvian Patent Office in collaboration with the European Patent Academy (European Patent Office, EPO). Andrea was invited at a “Scoping Round Table on Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing” held on 16 November 2017 at the EPO in Munich together with the leading Artificial Intelligence and Software Companies worldwide, and will be a panelist at forthcoming “Patenting Artificial Intelligence” in Munich, 30 May 2018 ( As a European patent and design attorney, Andrea’s practice includes drafting, prosecuting and litigating European patent applications and handling oppositions before the European Patent Office for which he has special experience. He works on a broad range of subject-matters in the physics, telecommunications, electricity, electronic and electro-mechanical fields, including software patents and internet-related matters for which he has an extensive experience. In these fields, Andrea works for large companies as well as for start-ups from various Venture Capitalists.

Speeches di Andrea Perronace

Patenting Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things related Inventions

The speech will address the issue of the eligibility and patentability of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) related inventions in Europe, defining the standards according to the reference jurisprudence of the European Patent Office (EPO) and focusing on open discussion about protection and ownership of AI outputs. The concepts of technical and non-technical features of an invention will be introduced by making reference to a number of examples and some statistics to show the pervasive and still increasing presence of computer-related matters in patents. The speech will show that, besides some theoretically complex hurdles in AI and IoT, the current situation is particularly favorable to the patenting of AI and IoT inventions, for the following reasons: - There is a fairly specific and stable jurisprudence of the EPO; - There is a continuous and accurate review of the EPO guidelines on ICT inventions; - The EPO model is increasingly followed in other jurisdictions (for example China); and - The flow of assessment of eligibility/patentability is well defined. Finally, the speech will give some hints as to improving IP strategy in the fields.

Lingua speech: Italian


Legal Aspects, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things

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