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DOJ & Patent Office To Host Workshop On Innovation In The Life Science Sector

 |  September 10, 2020

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a virtual public workshop on Sept. 23rd and 24th, 2020 to discuss the importance of intellectual property rights and pro-competitive collaborations for life sciences companies, research institutions, and American consumers. 

“Now more than ever, it is essential that we consider the role of regulation and antitrust enforcement on incentives for innovation in key areas of discovery, such as biotechnology and the life sciences,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim.  “We look forward to a robust discussion of the current legal climate and its impact on competitiveness, and are honored to collaborate with Director Iancu and his talented team at the PTO in hosting this event.”

The workshop will feature a fireside chat between Assistant Attorney General Delrahim and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu.  Former Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni will deliver a keynote address.  The workshop will include panel discussions of how patents and copyrights incentivize and reward innovation in the life science sector and the USPTO’s guidance on patentability for life sciences inventions.  In addition, panels will discuss how partnerships and collaboration can facilitate the development of complex biologics, and the role of antitrust enforcement and regulation in preserving competition and incentives for innovation among drug developers and their partners.  Panelists include leading figures from industry, government agencies, prominent research labs, the non-profit sector, academia, and the broader legal and economic community. 

Full Content: Wall Street Journal

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