Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Speak at 2010 BIO International Convention

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Monday, March 15, 2010) - David Kappos, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, will be a featured speaker at the Intellectual Property Super Session taking place during the 2010 BIO International Convention.  The May 3 event, entitled “Leveraging IP to Spur Global Biotechnology Innovation, Investment and Jobs,” will examine the role that intellectual property systems play in attracting biotech investment and how some countries are successfully leveraging their patent policies to foster economic growth. 

“BIO is thrilled that Director Kappos, a renowned thought leader in IP policy, will be joining us at the 2010 BIO International Convention.  His comments will provide attendees with new insight into global IP issues, the future of patent reform and the effect of patent policy on scientific discovery,” said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood.

The panel will also explore how current efforts to reform US patent laws could lead to greater international harmonization and enhance the innovation infrastructure of both the US and its trading partners.

The Convention will include an entire track dedicated to legal issues and IP, featuring judges, legal experts, government officials and academics as speakers.  The IP sessions will include

Patenting Genes: In Search of Calmer Waters
Follow-on Biologics: The Proposed Legislation and Its Impact on Your Patent Portfolio
Global Patent Strategy: Perspectives Of International Patent Leaders

For more information on the IP latest sessions, please visit

The May 3 Intellectual Property Super Session (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) is being sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company.


The BIO International Convention helps to support the association’s programs and initiatives. BIO works throughout the year to create a policy environment that enables the industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering the world through biotechnology innovation. For more information on the global event for biotechnology, including program, registration, and housing information, please visit

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