Oct. 26, 2012
Academic IP Scholars Forum from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Public Panel Discussion 3 - 4 p.m.
(Panel discussion is free and open to the public. One hour of free CLE will be offered)
The Forum’s purpose is to bring together a small group of prominent scholars for intensive, high-level discussions on cutting-edge issues of common interest. This year’s Forum will discuss “The Impact of IP on Public Health.” In addition to the academic forum, the IP Center will offer a public panel discussion immediately following the academic portion led by Professors Frank Pasquale, Andrew Torrance, and Jim Chen. One hour of free CLE will be offered. To register for the public portion, please contact Michele Novachek at 330-972-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Forum will celebrate the arrival of a new member of the Akron Law faculty, Katharine Van Tassel, who comes to Akron Law from Western New England College of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law in Florida. She has extensive experience in health law issues and serves as the editor of the Health Law Prof Blog. Professor Jay Dratler, Jr., although retired, will moderate the Forum.
To date, the following professors will also be participating:
Frank Pasquale: Seton Hall School of Law, J.D., Yale Law School, M.Phil, Oxford University, B.A., Harvard University, summa cum laude.
Frank Pasquale’s short paper topic will be “The Emerging Intellectual Property Law of Health Data.”
Andrew Torrance: University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000, Ph.D., Biology, Harvard University, 1997, A.M., Biology, Harvard University, 1994, B.Sc., Biology, Queen’s University, 1991.
Andrew Torrance’s short paper topic will be “Nothing under the Sun that Is Made of Man.”
Jim Chen’s short paper topic will be "Bioprospect Theory."
|Professor Kathy Strandburg: New York University School of Law, J.D., University of Chicago, with high honors, 1995, Ph.D. (Physics), Cornell University, 1984, B.S. (Physics), Stanford University, with honors, 1979.|
|Associate Professor Kara W. Swanson: Northeastern University School of Law, Yale University, BS 1987, University of California, Berkeley, MA, 1988, J.D. 1992.|
Associate Dean and Professor of Law Tim Hall: Louisville School of Law, Cornell Law School, J.D. 1993, University of Louisville School of Music, B. Mus. 1990.
Assistant Professor Yaniv Heled: Georgia State University College of Law, J.S.D Columbia University School of Law, LL.M. Columbia (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), LL.B. and diploma in Biology, magna cum laude Tel Aviv University.
|Professor Robert R. Reis: Co-Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Concentration and the Director of the Technology Transfer Program, SUY Buffalo Law School, A.B., Adelphi College, J.D., New York University, LL.M., University of Southern California.|
|Tom Folsom: Professor of Law Regent University School of Law, J.D. 1978, Georgetown University Law Center; Editor, American Criminal Law Review, B.S. 1971, United States Air Force Academy.|
|Jeff Samuels: Director, Center for IP Law and Technology and David L. Brennan Professor of Law, Akron Law.|
|Jay Dratler: Goodyear Professor of IP, Emeritus, Akron Law.|
|A. Samuel Oddi: Giles Sutherland Rich Professor of IP, Akron Law.|
|Katherine A. Van Tassel: Professor of Law, Akron Law.|
|Ryan Vacca: Assistant Professor of Law, Akron Law.|
The scope of the discussion at this Forum can be quite broad and possible topics for discussion include: the relationship between biodiversity and pharmaceutical research, compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals, incentivizing R&D for “orphan drugs” and neglected diseases, open science, international exhaustion for pharmaceuticals, the national-emergency and other exceptions to patent enforcement, reverse payment settlements in pharmaceutical litigation, the newly passed gag laws in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Texas restricting doctors’ use of data on gas “fracking” chemicals, and the recently-introduced S. 1138, which would replace patents on HIV/AIDS treatments with prizes.
A summary of the discussion will appear both online and in print, as a “White Paper.” Akron Law’s Professor Ryan Vacca has volunteered to serve as the first reporter and to prepare a draft for circulation and review. This online summary will appear no later than sixty days after the Forum and will be printed in the spring issue of the Akron IP Journal.
Additional Information for Academic IP Scholars Forum (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Public Panel Discussion (3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
Participants are expected to prepare a short paper (10-15 pages) on some aspect of the forum topic and should be distributed by email about a month prior to the forum.
For those who would like to do so, we will arrange for papers to be published in symposium format in our Akron IP Journal.
An informal collegial dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25th, the evening before the Forum. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the Forum.