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BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series | Knobbe Martens, “Hot Topics in IP: Technology Development and the Written Description Requirement”

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 @ 12:55 pm - 1:55 pm

IMPORTANT: This event will be held in person at the Bancroft Hotel, across the street from the law school. Lunch will be provided. Due to a 100 person capacity at the Bancroft Hotel, RSVP will be required for the event. You must show proof of vaccination and ID at the entrance to the hotel. In the event that we must cancel the in person event, we will hold the event virtually on Zoom. We ask that when you RSVP for the event using Zoom, please keep the login information just in case we move to a virtual format.


The Supreme Court has clarified that the Written Description requirement is a separate requirement from the Enablement requirement, and that the description of a patent application must meet both requirements in order for a patent to be granted. The Federal Circuit has issued several decisions that have narrowed the scope of acceptable claims. This presentation will explore the effect of such decisions, with a particular emphasis on the effect on the emerging field of personalized medicine.
Dan Altman, Partner
Daniel E. Altman focuses on patent protection and related licensing issues for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. A particular specialty of Dan’s relates to foreign patent protection for these industries. Dan regularly attends the BIO International Convention and has also been recognized as a “Life Science Star” by Legal Media Group (LMG). Prior to joining the firm, Dan was a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he taught physical science to seventh and eighth grade students. Dan joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1993.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students. This event is reserved for current UC Berkeley law students, faculty, and staff. All statements and remarks are off-the-record; they cannot be quoted or reproduced without the speaker’s permission.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021
12:55 pm - 1:55 pm
Event Category:


Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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