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The Biotechnology Committee focuses on issues unique to prosecuting and litigating patents covering biotechnological inventions.  This area of intellectual property law continues to grow tremendously, as has the body of case law and guidance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in an attempt to guide practitioners in this highly technical and challenging field.


The purpose of the Biotechnology Committee is to inform its Committee members of the latest developments concerning biotechnology patent law, and to provide a forum for speakers and members to discuss these developments and their practical effect on biotechnology patent law practitioners.  The Biotechnology Committee presents seminars covering topics relevant to the practice of biotechnology law.  In the past, we have had speakers from the Patent and Trademark Office to discuss recent patent prosecution developments in areas such as gene therapy and bioinformatics, and organized panel discussions on post-grant proceeding trends with biotechnology/pharmaceutical patents.  We are always interested in new ideas for seminars and meetings.


Rebecca McNeill, McNeill Baur

DeAnn Smith, Foley Hoag





    Date Event Where Speakers
    3/28/17 Double Patenting: Not as Simple as a Terminal Disclaimer WilmerHale Jeffrey JacobsteinMatthew Van Eman, MD





    Date Event Where Speakers
    6/14/2016 Inter Partes Review Proceedings in the Biotech and Pharma Sector WilmerHale Moderator: Rebecca M. McNeill, 
    5/25/2016 USPTO’s New Life Sciences Examples on Subject Matter Eligibility Wolf Greenfield Daniel Young, Bo Han
    9/10/2015 AIPLA Biotech Patent Law Road Show
    6/18/2015 Enforcing and Defending Biotech Patents Before the ITC Webinar Michael Siekman, Jim Altman, Greg Corbett, Brian Koo,
    10/10/2014 Orphan Drug Development: Strategies and Insights Wilmer Hale

    Timothy Cote, Christopher Milne, Anne Marie Finley, Lawrence Charnas,

    9/1/2014 Biotech IP Case Law Club Biogen Idec Inc TBA
    7/11/2014 Biotech IP Case Law Club

    Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds






     *This listing includes events and other meetings in which this committee helped plan since 2010. The list is not necessarily exhaustive.

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