Fall 2019 Patent Law Course

Hosted by GSAS Harvard Biotech Club and Morrison & Foerster LLP

31 Oct 2019 - 05 Dec 2019

John Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street, Floor 20
Boston, MA 02116

The Fall 2019 Patent Law Course is designed for students and post-docs with life sciences backgrounds to learn more about intellectual property law. The Course features a combination of lecture and interactive workshops. Students are introduced to Intellectual Property with an emphasis on key life science patent issues, the FDA and patent licensing. The sessions will teach students important elements of patent law through discussion of court cases and practical examples. Students will be introduced to the teaching style followed by U.S. law schools. The course is designed to familiarize students to life in a patent law firm.

Topics of Discussion:

Session 1 – IP 101, Michael R. Ward

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Patentability, FTO, Inventorship
  • The IP saga of a professor who tried to take his invention without permission

Session 2 – Patent Drafting, James P. Mullen

  • Parts of a Patent
  • Taking a Disclosure
  • Claim Drafting Exercise

Session 3 – Special Patent Topics, Janet Xiao and Anna Yuan

  • Antibodies/CAR-T
  • Biosimilars and Generics
  • Life Sciences Data Analytics: AI/Software/Data Science

Session 4 – Other Life Science Legal Issues, Bethany Hills and Matthew Karlyn

  • FDA: The Drug and Software Approval Process
  • Patent Licenses, Including a Discussion of University Technology Transfer

Session 5 – Careers in Patent Law, Panel Discussion

  • Panelists Include: Jillian Pesin-Fulop, Yan Qi, and Jie Zhou.  
  • Moderated by: Michael R. Ward

Meeting Times 

Thursday, October 31; 4:00 p.m.  5:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 7; 4:00 p.m.  5:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 14; 4:00 p.m.  5:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 21; 4:00 p.m.  5:45 p.m.

Thursday, December 5; 4:00 p.m.  5:45 p.m.



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