Patent Law Course (Spring 2019) RSVP Due!


Monday, February 18, 2019, 5:00pm to 5:05pm

In collaboration with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP (Finnegan), one of the largest law firms focused exclusively on the practice of intellectual property (IP) law, the Harvard Biotech Club will be organizing a 5-week Patent Law Info-Course for students and postdocs with life science backgrounds. Please join us to learn more about the IP practice and issues in the following topic areas. Meeting locations will alter between Finnegan and Harvard Medical School, exact locations will be announced two weeks prior to the first class.
Proposed Topics of Discussion:
Session 1: Overview of Patent Law; Natural Products/ Section 101
Session 2: FDA
Session 3: Antibodies/ Written Description
Session 4: CRISPR/Claims
Session 5: Panel discussion about a career in patent law followed by an informal social hour
Meeting Times & Location:
Thursday, March 14; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS
Thursday, March 21; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS
Thursday, March 28; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS
Thursday, April 4; 4:00-5:30 pm, HMS
Thursday, April 11; 4:00-5:30 pm, Finnegan
Thursday, April 18; 4:00-5:30 pm (back-up date for inclement weather)
This course will be limited to 30 people maximum. Participants are required to attend at least 4 sessions. To ensure that the limited number of spots are given to those who are committed to attending the course in its entirety, $50 deposit checks will be required for attendance. Checks will be returned to those who meet the minimum attendance of 4 sessions.
How to register for the class:
  1. Fill out an RSVP form here: LINK
  2. Submit RSVP form by 5PM Monday, February 11, 2019
  3. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served-basis
  4. Final roster of the course will be sent out to participants no later than March 1, 2019
  5. Please submit $50 deposit checks at or prior to first class meeting on March 14, 2019.
Course Information:
The Patent Law Info-course features a combination of lecture and interactive workshops. The first few lecture sessions will introduce students to select important topics in the patent system and process. The sessions will teach the students to important elements of patent law through discussion of court cases and introduce students with the teaching style common to U.S. law schools. The workshop is designed to familiarize students to life in a patent law firm, where students will be introduced to tasks frequently performed by patent agents and patent attorneys, such as drafting a patent application, and conducting a Freedom to Operate Search.