Application Deadline: Patent Law [GSAS Harvard Biotech Club Course]


Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (All day)


2019 HBC Patent Law Course

Please join GSAS Harvard Biotech Club and Morrison & Foerster LLP for a 5-week Patent Law Course. The course is free, and is designed for and open to all students/post-docs with life sciences backgrounds to learn more about intellectual property law. The Patent Law course features a combination of lecture and interactive workshops. Students will be introduced to Intellectual Property with an emphasis on key life science patent issues, the FDA and patent licensing. The sessions will teach students important elements of patent law through discussion of court cases and practical examples. Students will be introduced to the teaching style followed by U.S. law schools. The course is designed to familiarize students to life in a patent law firm.

Class is limited to 30 participants. Application due October 18th, participants notified by October 25th. Attendees are required to attend at least four sessions, a $100 deposit (payable by check to the Harvard Biotech Club) is required to ensure the limited number of spots are given to participants committed to attending the course in its entirety. Checks can be submitted at the event or prior to the first session on October 31. Checks will be returned to those who meet the minimum attendance of four sessions.


Course Times:
4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Course Location:
Morrison & Foerster
John Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street, Floor 20
Boston, MA 02116

Course Dates:
Thursday, October 31
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, November 14
Thursday, November 21
Thursday, December 5

Apply Here:
Application Due October 18th

Topics of Discussion:

Session 1 – IP 101 instructed by: Michael R. Ward, Ph.D., J.D.

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Patentability, FTO, Inventorship
  • The IP saga of a professor who tried to take his invention without permission

Session 2 – Patent Drafting instructed by: James J. Mullen, Ph.D., J.D.

  • Parts of a patent
  • Taking a disclosure
  • Claim Drafting Exercise

Session 3 – Special Patent Topics instructed by: Janet Xiao, Ph.D., J.D. and Anna Yuan, J.D.

  • Antibodies/CAR T
  • Gene and Cell Therapies
  • Biosimilars and Generics
  • Life Science Data Analytics: AI/Software/Data Science

Session 4 – Other Life Science Legal Issues instructed by: Bethany Hills, J.D. and Matthew Karlyn, J.D.

  • FDA: The drug and software approval process
  • Patent Licenses including a discussion of university technology transfer

Session 5 – Panel discussion about a career in patent law
Moderated by: Michael R. Ward, Ph.D., J.D.

A networking reception will follow session 5.