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276.61 sec. 001 - Biotechnology Law (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Barbara Gayle McClung  
Instructor: Matthew D Show  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 134
From August 22, 2023
To November 21, 2023

Course Start: August 22, 2023
Course End: November 21, 2023
Class Number: 31963

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

This course will examine legal issues encountered uniquely and frequently in the biotechnology industry. Particular attention will be given to biotechnology-specific patent issues, intellectual property licensing, biotech patent prosecution considerations (U.S. and foreign), patent litigation, conducting due diligence in the biotech space, the regulatory landscape for pharmaceuticals and other biotech products, and various hot topics such as biotech patent cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and the CRISPR-Cas9 patent landscape. The course emphasis is on myriad real-life complexities faced by practitioners in the biosciences.

Barbara McClung is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Caribou Biosciences, Inc. since April 2015, where she is responsible for all legal functions, including intellectual property strategy and portfolio management, contracts, corporate transactions, litigation, board governance, securities, and employment law. Ms. McClung has spent over 30 years in the biotech industry, first as a patent attorney and then as a general counsel. She is a member of the California, Delaware and Pennsylvania bars, as well as being a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. McClung received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

Matthew Show is Intellectual Property Counsel and Biosciences Team Lead for International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), where he is lead patent counsel for IFF's Animal Nutrition business and oversees intellectual property operations for IFF's grain, personal care, food and dairy enzyme, and expression platform technology businesses. Matt has been practicing law for 13 years, both in industry and in private practice with Morrison & Foerster LLP and Mintz Levin PC. He is a member of the California bar and is a registered patent attorney. Matt received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Introductory patent or intellectual property course strongly recommended. Due to the nature of the subject matter, students are expected to understand basic patent law.

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Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 6 hours
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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