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Applications Are now live for the Fall 2019 patent law course!

Before applying, please read all course information & requirements carefully.
We will also run a Spring 2020 Patent Law Course with Finnegan.

           

FALL 2019 COURSE

 

Morrison & Foerster LLP (MoFo), an International Law firm with one of the world’s leading intellectual property law practices, and the GSAS Harvard Biotech Club have organized a 5-week Patent Law Course for all students and postdocs with life science backgrounds. Please join us to learn more about intellectual property law.

The Patent Law course features a combination of lecture and interactive workshops. Students will be introduced to Intellectual Property with an emphasis on key life science patent issues, the FDA and patent licensing. The sessions will teach students important elements of patent law through discussion of court cases and practical examples. Students will be introduced to the teaching style followed by U.S. law schools. The course is designed to familiarize students to life in a patent law firm.


Topics of Discussion:

Session 1: IP 101

A: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Patentability, FTO, Inventorship

B: The IP saga of a professor who tried to take his invention without permission.

Instructor: Michael R. Ward, Ph.D., J.D

Session 2: Patent Drafting

A: Parts of a patent

B: Taking a disclosure

C: Claim Drafting Exercise

Instructor: James P. Mullen, Ph.D., J.D. 

Session 3: Special Patent Topics

A: Antibodies/CAR T

B: Gene and Cell Therapies

C: Biosimilars and Generics

D: Life Science Data Analytics: AI/Software/Data Science

Instructors: Janet Xiao, Ph.D., J.D. and Anna Yuan, J.D.

Session 4: Other Life Science Legal Issues

            A: FDA: The drug and software approval process

            B: Patent Licenses including a discussion of university technology transfer

                        Instructors: Bethany Hills, J.D. and Matthew Karlyn, J.D.

Session 5: Panel discussion about a career in patent law followed by a social hour

Panelists Include:

Jillian Pesin-Fulop, Ph.D., J.D.

Yan Qi, Ph.D.,J.D.  

Jie Zhou, Ph.D., J.D.  

Moderated by: Michael R. Ward, Ph.D., J.D.


Meeting Times & Location:

Thursday, October 31; 4:00-5:45 pm, MoFo—200 Clarendon Street, 20th Floor

Thursday, November 7; 4:00-5:45 pm, MoFo—200 Clarendon Street, 20th Floor

Thursday, November 14; 4:00-5:45 pm, MoFo—200 Clarendon Street, 20th Floor

Thursday, November 21; 4:00-5:45 pm, MoFo—200 Clarendon Street, 20th Floor

Thursday, December 5; 4:00-5:45 pm, MoFo—200 Clarendon Street, 20th Floor


Requirements: 

 This course will be limited to 30 people maximum. Participants are required to attend at least 4 sessions. To ensure that the limited number of spots are given to those who are committed to attending the course in its entirety, a $100 deposit check payable to the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club will be required for attendance. Checks will be returned to those who meet the minimum attendance of 4 sessions.


How to apply for the class:

1.    Fill out a short application form here: LINK

2.    Application deadline: 5PM Friday, October 18th, 2019

4.    The final roster for the course will be sent out to participants by October 25th, 2019.

5.    Please submit $100 checks at or prior to first class meeting on October 31, 2019.

 

For questions, please email:
harvardbiotechclub@gmail.com and mward@mofo.com

Course director:

Nima Shamtoub
2nd Year JD student
Harvard Law School
nshamtoub@jd21.law.harvard.edu

 
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SPRING 2019 COURSE

Overview

In collaboration with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP (Finnegan), one of the largest law firms focused exclusively on the practice of intellectual property (IP) law, the Harvard Biotech Club will be organizing a 5-week Patent Law Info-Course for students and postdocs with life science backgrounds. Please join us to learn more about the IP practice and issues in the following topic areas. Meeting locations will alter between Finnegan and Harvard Medical School, exact locations will be announced two weeks prior to the first class.

Topics of Discussion

Session 1: Overview of Patent Law; Natural Products/ Section 101 

Session 2: FDA

Session 3: Antibodies/ Written Description

Session 4: CRISPR/Claims

Session 5: Panel discussion about a career in patent law followed by an informal social hour

Meeting Times & Location

Thursday, March 14; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS

Thursday, March 21; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS

Thursday, March 28; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS

Thursday, April 4; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS

Thursday, April 11; 4:00-5:30 pm, Finnegan

Thursday, April 18; 4:00-5:30 pm (back-up date for inclement weather)

Requirements

This course will be limited to 30 people maximum. Participants are required to attend at least 4 sessions. To ensure that the limited number of spots are given to those who are committed to attending the course in its entirety, $50 deposit checks will be required for attendance. Checks will be returned to those who meet the minimum attendance of 4 sessions. 

How to register for the class

1.     Fill out an RSVP form here: LINK

2.     Submit RSVP form by 5PM Monday, February 18, 2019

3.     Final roster of the course will be sent out to participants no later than March 1, 2019 

4.     Please submit $50 deposit checks at or prior to first class meeting on March 14, 2019.

Course Information

The Patent Law Info-course features a combination of lecture and interactive workshops. The first few lecture sessions will introduce students to select important topics in the patent system and process. The sessions will teach the students to important elements of patent law through discussion of court cases and introduce students with the teaching style common to U.S. law schools. The workshop is designed to familiarize students to life in a patent law firm, where students will be introduced to tasks frequently performed by patent agents and patent attorneys, such as drafting a patent application, and conducting a Freedom to Operate Search.

 

SPRING 2018 COURSE  

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Overview

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

When:  4:00-5:30 Thursdays, March 8 - April 5, 2018

Where: Clark & Elbing office, 101 Federal Street, 15th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

Registration:  This course will be limited to 25 people maximum. To ensure that the limited number of spots are given to those who are committed to attending the course in its entirety, $50 deposit checks will be required for attendance. Checks will be returned to those who attend 4 out of 5 sessions.

How to secure a spot in the course:

  1. The Pre-App deadline has past.

  2. Applications have been sent to candidates that completed the Pre-App. Those applications are due by 5PM Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  3. Final roster of the course will be sent out no later than February 22, 2018 (two weeks prior to the start of the course)

  4. Please bring $50 deposit checks to the first class on March 8, 2018.

Food will be provided at each class.

Questions? Email hbcpatentlaw@gmail.com

Course Information

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 discussion of court cases and introduce students with the teaching style common to U.S. law schools. The workshop is designed to familiarize students to life in a patent law firm, where students will be introduced to tasks frequently performed by patent agents and patent attorneys, such as drafting a patent application, and conducting a Freedom to Operate Search.  

The course will be conducted by Michael Belliveau from Clark & Elbing, LLP and Forrester Liddle from Jounce Therapeutics. 

Instructor Bios

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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; stem cells; and human gene therapy. He also performs patent due diligence analyses for venture capital investors.  Michael graduated with a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University in 1998 and with a J.D. from Suffolk University in 2004.

 

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Forrester J. Liddle is Director of Intellectual Property at Jounce Therapeutics.  Mr. Liddle graduated with a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Harvard University in 2005 and with a J.D. from Suffolk University in 2011.  Mr. Liddle is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar.  Prior to his work at Jounce, Mr. Liddle was a Patent Agent/Associate at Clark and Elbing, LLP between 2005 and 2014 and a Patent Attorney at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research between 2014 and 2016.  Throughout his career, Mr. Liddle has practiced patent law related to therapies related to cancer.