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Andrea Perronace


Jacobacci & Partners

Andrea Perronace is a European Patent Attorney with Jacobacci & Partners.  He has been working in the IP field for 20 years drafting, prosecuting and litigating patents before EPO and national offices/courts. He has a master’s degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, with specialization in computational models in both.

Andrea is a former external expert for the European Commission in the field of Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies and has been admitted as a Court Expert before the Specialized Intellectual Property Section of the Court of Rome.

Andrea is a full member of the ICT Thematic Group of the European Patent Practice Committee (epi) and participates in EPI’s Guidelines’ and ICT subcommittees e whose aim is to submit to the EPO proposals for improvement of the Guidelines for Examination.

As an epi delegate, he was a speaker at the “Patenting Artificial Intelligence” Conference at the European Patent Office in Munich, May 30, 2018.

He works on a broad range of subject matter in the physics, telecommunications, electricity, electronic and electro-mechanical fields, including ICT-related matters. He also teaches as tutor in patent law courses organized by Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle de l’Université de Strasbourg, publishes articles on patent matters and is frequently invited to speak at the European Patent Academy.

Recent Articles by Andrea Perronace

Exploring the 2022 EPO Guidelines for Examination

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently published its Guidelines for Examination 2022, which come into force on March 1. Compared to previous years, the volume of changes is much smaller, and this witnesses the effort by the EPO in past years to arrive at a more stable text of the Guidelines, particularly concerning the software patentability and biotech sections. Yet some changes have been made, mainly to software patentability guidelines, as well as to other important sections, such as partial priorities and amendments to the description. Continuing the trend of past years, the Guidelines continue to be enriched with helpful examples.

Patenting Simulations at the EPO: Decision G1/19 and Its Consequences for Computer-Implemented Inventions

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) recently published its decision No. G1/19 on patentability of simulations. There was great anticipation for such a decision, after landmark decisions 641/00 (COMVIK) and G3/08, mainly due to the ambiguous formulations of the questions of law to the Enlarged Board of Appeal. The result is “business as usual”, but several clarifications might be useful in the future. In the following, we first summarize the questions of law, the clarifications of the Enlarged Board of Appeal and then infer possible consequences for applicants and practitioners.