Dan Burk delivers Intellectual Property Law Lecture at Akron Law

March 12, 2013

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Prof. Burk delivered the annual Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law Lecture at the University of Akron School of Law on March 5. His lecture, “The Nature of Patentable Subject Matter,” addressed the question of whether human genes are patentable. On Nov. 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., agreeing to hear arguments on the single question “Are human genes patentable?” Burk also wrote about gene patentability and the Myriad case for a recent symposium sponsored by a leading Supreme Court blog, SCOTUSblog. And an article he wrote on the topic appeared on the Stanford Law Review Online in February. Burk is an internationally prominent authority on legal and social issues related to high technology, whose research encompasses the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce, and biotechnology law.