Fall 2021 Patent Law Virtual Course

Hosted by GSAS Harvard Biotech Club and Morrison & Foerster LLP

22 Sep 2021 - 27 Oct 2021

Now in its 3rd year, the 2021 Morrison & Foerster Patent Law Course is designed for students and post-docs with life sciences backgrounds interested in learning more about intellectual property (IP) law. MoFo’s Patent Law Course features a combination of lectures and interactive workshops, introducing students to IP law, with an emphasis on key life sciences patent issues, FDA regulatory compliance, and patent licensing. Each session will teach important elements of life science law through discussions of court cases and practical examples. Students will be introduced to the teaching style followed by U.S. law schools and the course is designed to familiarize students with 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, Nathan Vogler
  • 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, Bethany Hills, and Brigid Bondoc
  • The CRISPR Patent Interference
  • FDA: The Drug and Software Approval Process
Session 5 – Formation and Licensing Issues in Life Sciences, Matthew Karlyn and Jim Krenn
  • 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: Jillian Pesin-Fulop, Thomas Dawson, Anushree Gulvady-Hayes, Thomas Keane
  • Moderated by: Michael R. Ward

Meeting Times
4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Meeting Dates
Wednesday, September 22
Wednesday, September 29
Wednesday, October 6
Wednesday, October 13
Wednesday, October 20
Wednesday, October 27

If you would like to attend, please contact us for more information.



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