Cracking the Code: Ongoing Section 101 Patentability Concerns in Biotechnology and Computer Software

Friday, November 15, 2013 | 9am–5pm
The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The 2013 George Washington Law Review Symposium will feature academic panels on biotechnology and software patentability issues, and a panel of practitioners from the USPTO and private practice on concerns regarding the practical impact of § 101.


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9–9:30 am:  Registration

9:30–10:45 am: Biotechnology Panel

  • Moderator
    • Charles Davis, Former Editor-in-Chief, George Washington Law Review
    • Panel Members
      • Irene Calboli, Marquette University School of Law
      • Chris Holman, UMKC School of Law
      • John Golden, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
      • Rebecca Eisenberg, University of Michigan Law School

    10:45– 11am: Morning Break

    11am–12:15pm: Practitioner Panel

    • Moderator
      • Jeff Kushan, Partner, Sidley Austin
    • Panel Members
      • Hans Sauer, Associate General Counsel, Biotechnology Industry Organization
      • Bernard Knight, Former General Counsel, Patent and Trademark Office
      • Donald Dunner, Partner, Finnegan

    12:30–1:30 pm: Lunch and Keynote Address

    • Speaker
      • Paul R. Michel, Former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

      1:45–3pm: Software Panel

      • Moderator
        • Brian Kacedon, Partner, Finnegan
      • Panel Members
        • Tun-Jen Chiang, George Mason University School of Law
        • Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
        • Kristen Jakobsen Osenga, University of Richmond School of Law

      3– 5pm: Reception

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