Computer Science Research Seminar

4:00 - 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 23rd , 2010

Andrea Pacelli, PhD, JD

Title: Patentability of "soft" technologies


This seminar will present the main issues related to the patentability of software. The problem of whether business methods, software and other abstract objects can be patented is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of this case may have a dramatic impact on the software and financial industries.


Andrea Pacelli is an associate with the law firm of King & Spalding LLP in New York City. He received a PhD in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, Italy, in 1998, and a law degree from Fordham University, magna cum laude, in 2008. He is a member of the New York (pending) and New Jersey bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Since 2004 he has been involved in patent litigation, licensing and prosecution, with a particular emphasis on the semiconductor industry. Prior to his legal career, Dr. Pacelli held technical and academic positions at Stony Brook University, Bell Laboratories, and Tower Semiconductor, Israel.