Fall 2020 Patent Law Virtual Course

Hosted by GSAS Harvard Biotech Club and Morrison & Foerster LLP

16 Sep 2020 04:30 p.m. - 21 Oct 2020 06:15 p.m. EDT

The Fall 2020 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 and Matthew A. Chivvis
  • 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 J. Mullen
  • Parts of a Patent
  • Taking a Disclosure
  • Claim Drafting Exercise
Session 3 – Special Patent Topics, Janet Xiao and Anna Yuan
  • Antibodies/CAR-T
  • Gene and Cell Therapies
  • Biosimilars and Generics
  • Life Sciences Data Analytics: AI/Software/Data Science
Session 4 –The Crispr Interference/FDA, Yan Qi and Bethany Hills
  • The Crispr Patent Interference
  • FDA: The Drug and Software Approval Process
Session 5 – Other Life Sciences Legal Issues, Steve Rowles and Matthew Karlyn
  • Life Sciences Startups — The Top 10 Things to Know About When Forming a Life Sciences Startup
  • Patent Licenses Including a Discussion of University Technology Transfer
Session 6 – Careers in Patent Law, Panel Discussion
  • Panelists Include: Jie Zhou, Jillian Pesin-Fulop, Yan Qi, Lunet Luna, Sarah Bloch
  • Moderated by: Michael R. Ward

Meeting Times 
4:30 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 16
Wednesday, September 23
Wednesday, September 30
Wednesday, October 7
Wednesday, October 14
Wednesday, October 21




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