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Stanford Law Review Symposium
"The Future of Patents: Bilski and Beyond"


January 28, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

The title of the 2011 Stanford Law Review Symposium is “The Future of Patents: Bilski and Beyond,” and it is co-sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology.

About the event: The Symposium will feature leading scholars in patent law, practitioners from law firms and technology companies, and representatives of public interest organizations. The Honorable James Ware of the Northern District of California will give the keynote speech and confirmed panelists include:

Morgan Chu (Irell & Manella)
Rochelle Dreyfuss (New York University)
John Duffy (George Washington University)
Robin Feldman (U.C. Hastings)
David Jones (Microsoft)
Mark Lemley (Stanford)
Gary Loeb (Genentech)
Peter Menell (U.C. Berkeley)
Vern Norviel (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)
Marc Pernick (Morrison & Foerster)
Jason Schultz (Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at U.C. Berkeley Law School)
Steven Weiner (SRI International)

The Symposium will feature several panels representing diverse viewpoints on patents. The goal of the Symposium is to explore the effect of the Bilski case and other recent court decisions in patent law on research and innovation in areas ranging from business methods and software development to genetic engineering and diagnostic patents. There will be separate discussion panels on general patent law and policy, on diagnostics and natural products, and on software and business methods.

Symposium Panel Summary
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Conference Downloads
CLE Credits will be available for practicing lawyers. Download the CLE Materials below.

Panel: Patent Law and Policy

Panel: Products of Nature and Diagnostic Patents

Panel: Software and Business Methods:

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Registration Information: The Symposium will be of interest to a broad audience because the issue of patent-eligible inventions is at the heart of patent law and affects industries as diverse as finance, biotechnology, and Web 2.0. Registration for the event is complimentary, but required.
Registration is closed for this event

Morrison & Foerster and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are law firm sponsors of the Symposium.

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