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Innovation and the Evolution of Patentable Subject Matter

September 27, 2013
8:45 A.M. Registration
9:15 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
UC Davis School of Law

Please RSVP by Friday, September 20

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MCLE credits available

8:45 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.
Continental Breakfast & Registration

UC Davis School of Law, King Hall
Main Lobby

9:15 A.M. - 9:25 A.M.
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom (room 1001), King Hall, UC Davis

  • Robert Hulse, Partner, Fenwick & West

  • Vik Amar, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UC Davis School of Law

9:25 A.M. - 9:55 A.M.
Opening Keynote
0.5 MCLE credit
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom (room 1001), King Hall, UC Davis

  • David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Former Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office

10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Panel I: Patent Eligibility in the Life Sciences
1.5 MCLE credit
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom (room 1001), King Hall, UC Davis

Developments in genomics and biotechnology promise significant improvements in our ability to diagnose and treat disease. As such, the patentability of isolated DNA, diagnostic methods, and related products and processes holds significant implications for health, commerce, and social welfare. For some, the patentability of DNA-related products is a natural extension of long-held patent doctrine and essential to the commercial viability of bringing new diagnostics and therapeutics to market. For others, such patents offend principles of keeping natural products in the public domain and may unduly restrict access to life-saving technologies. This panel will address the vexing questions at the heart of patentable subject matter in the life sciences, particularly in light of recent developments at the Supreme Court.

  • Kevin Emerson Collins, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law

  • Rebecca Eisenberg, Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law

  • Mat Gordon, Director of Intellectual Property, Myriad Genetics, Inc.

  • Peter Lee, Professor, UC Davis School of Law

  • Andrew Serafini, Partner, Fenwick & West

11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Lunch and Keynote Presentation
MCLE credit
UC Davis Mondavi Center, Studio Theater

  • The Honorable Randall Rader, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Luncheon is $25 per person, $15 per student

Limited Seating

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1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Panel II: Patent Eligibility in Software and Business Methods
1.5 MCLE credit
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom (room 1001), King Hall, UC Davis

From the software that defines smartphone functionality to financial models that manage investments, innovations in computer science and business permeate many corners of modern life. Accordingly, the patentability of software and business methods has far-ranging social and economic implications. Some argue that patent incentives are not necessary to encourage innovation in these fields and that a proliferation of exclusive rights may actually impede technological progress. Others contend that the patent system must serve the new realities of the "information economy" and extend exclusive rights to "soft technologies" in addition to traditional mechanical, chemical, and biological inventions. Recently, both the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court have issued major rulings dealing with whether and to what extent software and business methods comprise patentable subject matter. While these decisions have sought to clarify the law, they also leave a host of unanswered questions to be resolved.

  • Michelle Lee, Director, Silicon Valley United States Patent & Trademark Office

  • Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Partner, Durie Tangri LLP

  • Earl Rennison, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Technology Officer, Trovix

  • Robert Sachs, Moderator, Partner, Fenwick & West

  • Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information; Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

  • Steve Vassallo, General Partner, Foundation Capital

3:00 P.M.

Closing Remarks
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom (room 1001), King Hall, UC Davis

Reception Immediately Following

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