Media Advisory: UC Irvine School of Law Hosts Patent Law Conference Exploring Myriad Ruling


WHAT: “The Meaning of Myriad,” explores the evolving meaning and impact of the 2013 gene patenting decision in Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Myriad ended 30 years of U.S. Patent Office patent practice and seemingly placed the United States out of step with the patent policy of many of its trading partners. A year later, the reasoning of the Myriad decision itself remains anything but clear, as does its potential effect on the patent eligibility of other technologies and on the patent policy of other jurisdictions. This conference will bring together expert scholars from across the country to explore the evolving meaning of Myriad for science, for industry, and for the patent system.

Panel topics include “The New Genomic Semicommons,” “Non-Patent Innovation Incentives and Patentable Subject Matter,” “The Impact of Myriad Genetics on Scientific Research” and “What Does it Mean to Invent Nature?”

WHO: Keynote Speaker is Hon. Andrew Guilford, United States District Court, Central District of California.
Featured speakers are:

  • Dan Burk, University of California, Irvine
  • Mark Janis, University of Indiana, Bloomington
  • Anna Laakman, Lewis & Clark University
  • Jessica Lai, University of Lucerne
  • Peter Lee, University of California, Davis
  • Mark Lemley, Stanford University
  • Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Stanford University
  • Amelia Rinehart, University of Utah
  • Brad Sherman, Griffith University

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CLE credit available.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111

More details, including conference schedule and abstracts:

About UC Irvine School of Law

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