MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR 2018 COURSE COMING SOON! 

In collaboration with Clark & Elbing, LLP, a Boston-based intellectual property law firm that focuses its practice on biotechnology, medicine and chemistry, the GSAS Harvard Biotech Club will be organizing an 5-week Patent Law Info-course for students and postdocs with life science backgrounds.

When: 4 - 5:30pm. 5 Thursdays, first class March 10, last class April 7.
Where: Clark & Elbing office, 101 Federal Street, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
We'll reimburse $30 for transportation costs if you attend 4 of 5 sessions.
$50 check deposit required for attendance; check will be returned if you attend 4 of 5 sessions.  Please submit the check at the first session. We are doing this because there are a limited number of spots available (25 people) and want to ensure that people who are committed to attending this course can.
Food will be provided.

RSVP here!

The Patent Law Info-course features a combination of lecture and workshop styles. The first few lecture sessions will introduce students to the patent system and patents in general. It will expose students to important elements of patent law through court cases discussion and to the teaching style common among U.S. law schools. Following workshop sessions will give students an idea what real life in a patent law firm is like, where students will be taught to perform individual tasks frequently encountered by Patent Agents/Attorneys, such as drafting a patent application, and conducting a Freedom to Operate Search.  

The course will be conducted by Michael Belliveau at Clark & Elbing, LLP and Forrester Liddle at Novartis.  Please email questions to harvardbiotechclub@gmail.com

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Michael J. Belliveau
Michael Belliveau has been at Clark+Elbing since 1998 and a partner since 2006. His work involves patent prosecution and opinion work, including the preparation of patentability, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions. Michael works with clients to protect innovations related to small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections, cancer, neurological disorders, and inflammation; drug discovery; molecular diagnostics; DNA and protein chip-based technologies; stem cells; and human gene therapy. He also performs patent due diligence analyses for venture capital investors.
Michael's doctoral research employed cellular and molecular techniques, confocal microscopy, and fluorescence-activated cell sorting to study neural progenitor cell specification and differentiation. The results of these studies were published in Development and Journal of Neuroscience.

Forrester J. Liddle
Forrester Liddle has been working in the field of patent law for 11 years. While a graduate student, Forrester worked part time with Global Prior Art, Inc., as a contract searcher. He obtained a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the BBS program at Harvard University in 2005 and immediately thereafter began work as a Technology Specialist at Clark and Elbing, LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in biotechnology patent law. Forrester obtained a J.D. from Suffolk law in 2011 and joined Novartis as a Patent Attorney in 2014. Now at Novartis, Forrester represents business units focused on ophthalmic and immunotherapies. Forrester's doctoral research employed biochemical, genetic, and molecular biological techniques to study signaling pathways involved in cancer. His research has been published in Biochemistry, Molecular Carcinogenesis, and Carcinogenesis.The Patent Law Info-course features a combination of lecture and workshop styles. The lecture sessions will introduce students to the patent system and patents in general. It will expose students to important elements of patent law through court cases discussion and to the teaching style common among U.S. law schools. The following workshop sessions will give students an idea what real life in a patent law firm is like, where students will be taught to perform individual tasks frequently encountered by Patent Agents/Attorneys, such as drafting a patent application, and conducting a Freedom to Operate Search.  The course will be conducted by professionals from Clark & Elbing, LLP.