Biotech Intellectual Property Law in Focus: Webinar Series

Navigating Parallel BPCIA and PTAB Proceedings – Recent Developments and Strategic Consideration

Wednesday, January 26, 1:00 p.m EDT

This panel will discuss recent developments in BPCIA litigation, PTAB practice, and potential legislative and policy reforms that may be on the horizon, including strategic considerations that influence how to approach the “patent dance” and parallel PTAB proceedings, as well as the impact of Fintiv on parallel proceedings.

The panel will provide a high-level overview of relevant case law and trends in BPCIA litigation and related PTAB proceedings, followed by a “roundtable” discussion of the factors that may influence litigation strategy, early case resolution, and market entry.


  • Dr. Rachel J. Elsby, Partner, Akin Gump (Moderator)
  • Paul Golian, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Paula Fritsch, Senior Counsel, IP Litigation, Amgen

Sponsored by Akin Gump

Accepting the Status Quo: Subject Matter Eligibility Nearly a Decade after Mayo

Wednesday, November 10, 3:00 pm EDT

This panel will discuss the reality that almost a decade after the Supreme Court’s decision in Mayo v. Prometheus, the current subject matter eligibility standard has become the status quo with little prospect for change.  Panelists will discuss how innovators can best protect their technology under these circumstances, how subject matter jurisprudence has impacted the patent process, and whether incremental changes could improve the situation.


  • Kevin Noonan, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghof LLP (Moderator)
  • Donald Zuhn Jr., Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghof LLP (Moderator)
  • Derek Maetzold, President and CEO, Castle Biosciences, Inc.
  • Cara Coburn, Associate General Counsel, Patent Law, Genentech
  • June Cohan, Senior Legal Advisor, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Sponsored by MBHB

112 Enablement: What to Watch Out For

Wednesday, September 29 at 1:00 PM EDT

Join us for an expert discussion on Section 112, focusing on the enablement of functional language. We'll review how this is playing out in district court litigation and in the PTAB and also discuss potential prosecution strategies. The discussion will focus on recent enablement-related cases, including Amgen v. Sanofi and the cases that led to that landmark decision.


  • Michael Bunis, Practice Group Leader - IP Litigation, Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP (Moderator)
  • Wendy Plotkin, In-House IP Counsel, Biogen 
  • Stephanie Schonewald, Principal, Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP
  • Amy Bray, Director, IP & Associate General Counsel, Adimab, LLC

Sponsored By Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Trade Secrets: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Wednesday, July 28 at 1:00 PM EDT

A critical part of strategic planning for biotech companies is managing trade secrets.  A panel of experts will provide information on preventative measures to protect trade secrets and to minimize allegations of trade secret misappropriation, including: identifying and managing trade secrets; employee agreements, policies, training and separation procedures; disclosure of trade secrets to others; and managing third-party trade secrets.


  • Christopher P. Borello, Partner, Venable LLP (Moderator)
  • Dr. Tashica Amirgholizadeh, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Danielle A. Lawrence, Associate, Venable LLP
  • Brendan O’Malley, VP, Head of Legal & IP and Corporate Secretary, Abeona Therapeutics
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Webinar Episode 2

Exploring the Implications of the Election for Biotechnology and the Patent System

December 3, 2020  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET 

What does the election mean for the patent system, and IP policy affecting biotechnology? Which issues are likely to be important to the IP field in the coming Congress, and which initiatives and policies may be on the agenda for the administration? This webinar will discuss expectations for the composition of relevant committees in the next Congress and the direction of legislative IP work in the coming year. Also, we will explore prospects in the executive branch affecting the direction of domestic IP policy and trade policy. 


  • David Lachmann, Senior Director of Federal Government Relations, BIO (Moderator)
  • Dana Robert Colarulli, Partner, American Continental Group
  • Chris Israel, Partner, American Continental Group
  • Brian Pomper, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Webinar Episode 1

To Pool, Pledge, or License – Allocating IP Rights during COVID-19 R&D

September 15, 2020 

As the biotech industry rapidly mobilized its resources to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, voices from various sectors advocated for a number of approaches to ensure that researchers could access patented technology quickly, with minimal transaction costs and without fear of infringement liability. This webinar will feature differing perspectives on the various models for allocating patent rights among researchers and collaborators, and among public and private entities in various technology sectors. The panelists will discuss practical business considerations, the benefits of simplified licensing arrangements, and the potential risks and benefits for patent owners and potential licensees alike. 


  • Brenda Herschbach Jarrell, Practice Group Leader, Life Sciences and Intellectual Property, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP (Moderator)
  • Jorge L. Contreras, Professor, S.J Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah
  • Rahul K. Dhanda, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President & Director, Sherlock Biosciences
  • Irene Pleasure, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Dick Wilder, General Counsel and Head of Business Development, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative

Sponsored By Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

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