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Two critical patent law webinars on tap


By David Schwartz
Published: April 25th, 2012

Our Distance Learning Division has scheduled critical webinars covering two of the most pressing patent law issues facing TTOs — the coming change to a first-to-file system under the America Invents Act, and the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on diagnostic method patents in Mayo v. Prometheus.

Although the first-to-file provision of the AIA does not take effect until next March, waiting too long to prepare your organization and your researchers for this historic shift will only leave you playing catch-up later, or worse yet putting your valuable IP in jeopardy. It’s critical that you start preparing for the changes now, and begin the process of adopting researcher education and patent prosecution practices to conform with the new regime. That’s why we’ve recruited renowned patent attorney and tech transfer expert Charles R. Macedo for an April 26 session that will arm you with the strategies and tactics you need to prepare effectively: Moving From First to Invent to First to File: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges. For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

The landmark Mayo decision directly affects how universities approach patent decision making for diagnostic method patents, and will almost certainly impact the Myriad case, as well as a whole range of method claims surrounding other technologies. To help you make sense of the complex patentability issues raised by the decision, and to guide you in drafting future claims, we’ve signed up patent law guru Kevin E. Noonan, PhD, for a May 3 program where he’ll dissect the Court’s decision and help you understand how to adjust your patent strategy in light of this development. For details on In-Depth Analysis of Mayo v. Prometheus: What it Means for the Future of Medical Diagnostic Patents, CLICK HERE.

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