Akron Law’s Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology hosted an academic forum and expert public panel discussion on cutting-edge issues dealing with the impact of intellectual property on public health on Oct. 26.
Today intellectual property affects the prices of drugs, biologics and medical devices and the rights of physicians to use them. It affects doctors’ and patients’ access to records of health-care providers, including the hospitals and other organizations where they work and receive care. It even affects the rights of medical professionals to learn of risks and dangers to their patients, including exposure to chemicals in industrial and work environments. Panelists discussed these and other issues during the day-long events.
The expert panel consisted of Professor Frank Pasquale (Seton Hall School of Law), Professor Andrew Torrence (University of Kansas School of Law), and Professor Jim Chen (University of Louisville School of Law). The panel discussion, which was open to the public, was chaired by Akron Law Professor Katharine Van Tassel, who has extensive experience in health law issues and serves as the editor of the Health Law Prof Blog. Professor Van Tassel joined the Akron Law faculty this August after having taught at Western New England College of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law in Florida. One hour of free CLE was offered to registrants.
The panel discussion was preceded by the law school’s annual IP Scholars Forum, which was moderated by Akron Law Emeritus Professor Jay Dratler, Jr. In addition to Professors Pasquale, Torrance and Chen, the following professors participated in the academic forum:
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 summary will appear online no later than 60 days after the Forum and will be printed in the spring issue of the Akron IP Journal.
This event was live-tweeted. Visit Akron Law on Twitter or search the hashtag #akronlawip .