bennett@ssmpatent.de

+49 (89) 45 50 34 0

Joseph-Wild-Straße 20
81829 Munich

Richard Bennett

Dipl.-Geophys. (Univ.), LL.M.

Partner
Patent attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Practice Areas

All areas of intellectual property  for domestic and international, especially Asian, clients, especially inventions from the areas of computer-implemented inventions, data processing methods, digital networks, medical technology, optics, geotechnics and exploration, signal processing, mechanics, inorganic and physical chemistry, semiconductor technology and trademark law.

CV

Richard Bennett studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and geophysics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, specializing in numerical simulations in seismology. He graduated in 2007 with a diploma in geophysics. During his studies and a research stay at the European Nuclear Research Center (CERN) in Geneva, he gained a wide range of practical experience in the fields of information technology, electrical engineering, experimental physics, statistical analysis, signal processing and software development in industry and research.

Mr. Bennett joined our firm as a patent attorney candidate in 2008 and was admitted in 2011 as a patent attorney and European trademark and design attorney. Mr. Bennett has been a European Patent Attorney  since 2012. In 2014, he received a Master of Laws in European intellectual property law. In his master’s thesis, he dealt with a comparison between the status quo of patent law in Europe and the changes in the context of the future patent with unitary effect and the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court.

Richard Bennett has been a partner of the firm since 2016. He advises and represents domestic and foreign companies on all issues relating to patents, utility models, trademarks or designs. Mr. Bennett always aims to obtain protection for his clients that takes their strategic needs into account. He has particular experience in the continuous further development of approaches to the formulation of software patents and the drafting of detailed opinions on questions of legal validity or infringement of patents.

Mr. Bennett was elected a member of the Committee of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys for the Protection of Computer Software in 2011 and has been its chairman since 2018.

The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection appointed Mr. Bennett to the patent attorney examination board in 2019, which is responsible for conducting the patent attorney examination.

Since the beginning of 2020, Mr. Bennett has been an elected member of the board of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys.

The European Patent Office has invited Mr. Bennett as a lecturer on the patent law of computer-implemented inventions in a training seminar of the European Patent Academy for German and European patent examiners, as well as a panelist at international conferences on software patents related to blockchain technology and as a participant at a conference on artificial intelligence.

Mr. Bennett regularly gives lectures on questions of industrial property protection at conferences in Germany and abroad.

Publications

  • Bennett, Das Übereinkommen über ein einheitliches Patentgericht – das Ende des Torpedos? (The Convention on a Unified Patent Court – The End of the Torpedo?),  Mitt. (2015), 301-308.

Languages

German, English

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