University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Tuesday 16th November 2010, 18:00

CIPIL Guest Lecture by Professor Dan Burk: 'Patent Law's Problem Children'

Professor Dan BurkProfessor Dan Burk (University of California, Irvine) will give a lecture entitled "Patent Law's Problem Children" on Tuesday 16th November in Room G24 of the Law Faculty. 

2010 has been the Year of Patentable Subject Matter, with important and controversial decisions on both sides of the Atlantic regarding patentability. These decisions have revolved around biotechnology and computer software, the "problem children" of modern patent law. Professor Burk will discuss the background of recent rulings dealing with abstract ideas, mental steps, business methods, and DNA sequences, and consider where patent law's problematic technologies are likely to find themselves next.

Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a founding member of the law faculty. An internationally prominent authority on issues related to patents, copyright, and electronic commerce, he is the author of numerous papers on the legal and societal impact of new technologies, particularly biotechnology, and the Internet. Professor Burk holds a B.S. in Microbiology (1985) from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1987) from Northwestern University, a J.D. (1990) from Arizona State University, and a J.S.M. (1994) from Stanford University.

All welcome.