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Winter 2020 Patent Law Course for Entrepreneurs

Hosted by SPARK Translational Research Program at Stanford School of Medicine and Morrison & Foerster LLP

16 Jan 2020 - 13 Feb 2020

Morrison & Foerster
755 Page Mill Rd, Building A
Palo Alto, CA 94304

The Winter 2020 Patent Law Course for Entrepreneurs is designed for and open to all students/post-docs with life sciences backgrounds to learn more about intellectual property law. The Patent Law course features a combination of lecture and interactive workshops. Students will be 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 – 1/16: IP 101 instructed by Anita Choi, J.D., M.B.A. and Matthew Chivvis, J.D.

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

Session 2 – 1/23: Patent Drafting instructed by James J. Mullen, Ph.D., J.D.

  • Parts of a patent
  • Taking a disclosure
  • Claim Drafting Exercise

Session 3 – 1/30: Special Patent Topics instructed by Janet Xiao, Ph.D., J.D. and Anna Yuan, J.D.

  • Antibodies/CAR T
  • Gene and Cell Therapies
  • Biosimilars and Generics
  • Medical Devices
  • Life Science Data Analytics: AI/Software/Data Science

Session 4 – 2/6: Other Life Science Legal Issues instructed by Bethany Hills, J.D. and Rufus Pichler, J.D.

  • FDA: The drug and software approval process
  • Patent Licenses including a discussion of university technology transfer

Session 5 – 2/13: Panel discussion about a career in patent law

Moderated by: Anita Choi, J.D., M.B.A.

Panelists Include: Lisa Silverman, Ph.D., J.D., Sejin Ahn, Ph.D., J.D., John Chapman, Ph.D., J.D.

Course Dates:
Thursday, January 16
Thursday, January 23
Thursday, January 30
Thursday, February 6
Thursday, February 13

Course Times:
5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.


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