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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Conference on Patenting in the Life Sciences

Friday, January 4th, 2013

I will be speaking at this conference in March, 2013.


March 10 – 13, 2013


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is pleased to announce a special conference on Patenting in the Life Sciences, which for its first iteration will focus on issues surrounding the patenting of genes and diagnostics. We anticipate that this will be the first in a regular series of special Cold Spring Harbor conferences addressing the relationship between intellectual property and the life sciences.

The conference will begin the evening of Sunday, March 10, and end at lunchtime on Wednesday, March 13. Ample time for extensive discussion, panel debates, and other networking opportunities will be included in the format of the conference.

Discussion Topics

  • Gene patents in the era of publicly available whole-genome sequences
  • The Judiciary’s view on patenting genes and diagnostics
  • Global perspectives on patentability, validity, and enforceability
  • How recent court decisions will affect the biotech industry
  • The impact of Prometheus on personalized medicine
  • Policy and ethics


ACI Biotech Conference in Boston – What’s New?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A lot of the speakers will have big changes in patent law and watershed case law to tackle at the American Conference Institute’s 14th Advanced Forum on Biotech Patents in Boston, Nov. 28-29, 2012. I will be speaking with Kevin Noonan on the use of the inequitable conduct defense post-Therasense and on the use of the AIA and reissue to address “fraud” issues and strengthen patents pre-litigation.

Other topics include updates and practical advice on rebutting obviousness rejections and the tensions that can create with the tenants of the “new and improved” written description requirement of Ariad (John Ivanicki, Alexander Wilson, Matthew Beaudet , Amy Hamilton and Filko Prugo). The Keynote address will be delivered by Terry Rea, Deputy Director of the PTO, with other PTO insights coming from George Elliott, the Director of 1600 and Esther Kepplinger, former Assistance Director of Examination Policy and Bob Stoll, former Commissioner of Patents.  Other topics include Biosimilars, 101 issues and Akami/McKesson. So this is not just another AIA Conference. Y’all come!

ACI Biotech Conference

Chisum Patent Academy Announced 2013 Seminar Dates

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

This seminar series, taught by Donald Chisum, the leading authority on evolution  in patent law, and my former law clerk, Prof. Janice Mueller, explore contemporary developments in patent law in detail.  How about a session on how to respond to the new s. 101 Mayo/Myriad rejections that Examiner’s have begun to lay on us?

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Chisum Patent Academy to Convene in Seattle

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Patent Law Expert Donald Chisum and Professor Janice M Mueller will be co-lecturers at the three day Intensive Patent Law Seminar in Seattle, July30 – August 1, 2012.

To find out more information on the seminar, click here.