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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Monday, March 7, 2005

Biotech & IP Conference at Stanford Law School

TITLE: "Biotechnology & Intellectual Property: Current Controversies"

DATE AND TIME:  Friday, March 11, 2005, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Stanford Law School, Room 290, Crown Quadrangle, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305

BACKGROUND:  Patent protection is crucial to the biotechnology industry, but too much or the wrong kind of protection can hinder progress. Federal circuit courts have recently been grappling with application of patent law to biotechnology. A group of expert lawyers, judges, and scholars will convene for this one-day conference to discuss emerging legal issues in biotech patent law. This series of panel discussions will provide excellent background on the latest developments in this emerging area of law. Panelists include:

       - John H. Barton, George E. Obsorne Professor of Law, Emeritus, Stanford Law School; visiting scholar at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Clinical Bioethics

       - Robert P. Blackburn, Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel, Chiron Corp, and Distinguished Scholar, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)

       - Mildred Cho, Senior Research Scholar & Associate Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University

       - Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

       - Hank Greely, Dean F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law; Director, Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford Law School

       - Sean Johnston, Vice President, Intellectual Property and Assistant Secretary, Genentech, Inc.

       - Robert Cook-Deegan, Director, Center for Geonome Ethics, Law and Policy, Institute for Geonome Sciences and Policy, Duke University

       - Katharine Ku, Director, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University

       - Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law; Director, Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School; Of Counsel, Keker & Van Nest LLP

       - Hon. Ronald M. Whyte, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

       For more information, please email or call Roland Vogl at 650/723-8532. General registration is available at


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