Stefan Steinbrener has many years’ experience as an examiner and supervisor in German and European examination and opposition proceedings, particularly in the fields of semiconductor and display technology.


Drawing on his university research, Dr. Steinbrener dealt with ex parte and inter partes appeal proceedings (primarily in the field of optics) as a member of Board of Appeal 3.4.02 (Physics II) of the European Patent Office. When appointed chairman of Board of Appeal 3.5.01 (Electricity I), his field of practice shifted to telecommunications and computer technology, and increasingly to hardware and software aspects of computer-implemented inventions. Under his chairmanship, Board of Appeal 3.5.01 made a fundamental contribution to the established case law in this field.


Since retiring from the EPO, Stefan Steinbrener has been working at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG in a consultancy capacity.

 

 

Career

1973 – 1979

Scientific Collaborator at the Institute for Physics at the University of Würzburg, Germany

1979 – 1985

Examiner at the German Patent and Trademark Office, Munich, Germany

1986 – 1996

Examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO), Munich, Germany

1997 – 2001

Technical member of Board of Appeal, 3.4.02 (Physics II) of the EPO, Munich, Germany

2001 – 2009

Chairman of Board of Appeal 3.5.01 (Electronics I) and Member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO, Munich

Since 2010

Senior Consultant at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich

Education

1966 – 1972

Studies in Physics at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich

 

Degree in Physics (Dipl.-Phys.) with thesis, University of Regensburg

1973 – 1979

Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Würzburg

Languages

German, English, French

Dr. Steinbrener acted as an EU consultant at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and gives lectures at various seminars, including at the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg. He has produced numerous publications (see publication list) and regularly gives presentations, particularly on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.

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