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276.76 sec. 001 - Life Sciences and Innovation Workshop I (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Peter S Menell  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Allison Schmitt  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
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From August 23, 2022
To November 22, 2022

Course Start: August 23, 2022
Course End: November 22, 2022

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

This research workshop will explore the roles of patent protection, government research, regulation, and funding, prizes, and philanthropy in driving life sciences innovation. We will explore the history of biomedical research, sources of innovation (genius, brute force, serendipity), the structure of industry, the role of the medical profession, and the role of universities in driving innovation. The early sessions will provide students with a broad understanding of these forces and players. Students will then be assigned case studies for exploring innovation drivers. Students will be involved in identifying and allocating the case studies. Potential case study topics include mRNA vaccines, HIV/AIDs, BTK inhibitors, medical diagnostics, medical devices (e.g., catheters), gene editing, CAR-T, protease inhibitors, and microbiomes. Students will produce a pathfinder, outline, and first draft of their case study during the fall semester. During the spring semester (as part of Life Sciences and Innovation Workshop II), students will make a presentation of their case study and produce a final draft. Students will be expected to participate in all of the sessions and offer input and assistance on each other's projects.

Application Deadlines: Non-LLMs - April 11th. New students, transfers and LLMs - July 23rd

This course will be co-taught by Professor Peter Menell and BCLT Life Sciences Project Director Allison Schmitt.

Peter Menell is Koret Professor of Law. He co-founded the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Much of his research has focused on intellectual property law.

Allison is a Fellow of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and is the first Director of the BCLT Life Sciences Project. She holds a PhD in chemistry from Duke University, where she studied problems in physical biochemistry and biological chemistry. After graduating from Berkeley Law, Allison clerked for the Honorable Stanley R. Chesler at the District of New Jersey and the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley at the Federal Circuit, where she worked extensively on cases implicating life science inventions. She then spent several years in private practice, focusing on life science patent litigation, patent counseling and strategy, and policy matters.

Intellectual Property Law (required). We will provide a primer on IP law for non-law graduate students.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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