From the 2010 News Archive
IP Program Plans Full Slate of April Events
The University of Maryland School of Law's Intellectual Property Program has scheduled a wide range of events for April. They include:
- Local artists Rjyan Kidwell and Jason Yurick and attorneys discuss "Making Music in the IP Age" from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 202. This is part of the Program’s "Fortnightly IP" series, whose inaugural speaker on Feb. 18 was Wayne B. Paugh, former U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property (“The IP Czar”) who addressed "The Legislation of Intellectual Property: Lessons from Capitol Hill."
– The conference "The Future of Genetic Disease Diagnosis and Treatment: Do Patents Matter?"
will consider the legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the patenting of gene-based inventions and the implications for health care delivery.
In particular, the discussion will include a consideration of the pending lawsuit Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. U.S.Patent & Trademark Office (and Myriad Genetics and Univ. of Utah Research Found.)
(S.D.N.Y.), which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation filed on behalf of researchers, genetic counselors, women patients, cancer survivors, breast cancer and women's health groups, and scientific associations representing 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. The suit charges that the patents on the genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are genetic markers for breast cancer, violate the First Amendment and patent law because genes are "products of
nature" and therefore can't be patented.
– The Maryland IP Students Association will make its annual visit to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit, which will be hosted again this year by (soon to be Chief) Judge Randall R. Rader.
- BNA Books Acquisition Manager Jim Fattibene will present "Legal Publishing: Writing, Politics & Law" from 4-5:30 in Room 202 as part of the "Fortnightly IP" series.
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