Biotech Intellectual Property Law in Focus: Webinar Series

Explore What's New in Biotech IP

Biotech Intellectual Property Law in Focus is a new webinar series offering timely, relevant insights into the latest issues in the biotech intellectual property sector. The series will focus on what's new and important in the biotech IP landscape today.

Bookmark this page and check back often as new webinars are announced! 

Webinar Episode 1

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

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

Webinar Episode 2

November 2020 

What Now? The Impact of the Election on Biotech IP 

Webinar details coming soon! Register your interest below, and be the first to know when the webinar is announced. 

Earn CLE for Attending Webinar Series

BIO is an approved Multiple Activity Provider in the state of California and will be offering continuing legal education credit for this webinar series. CLE credit will be available as either Participatory or Self-Study credit. To qualify for Participatory credit you must attend the live webinar on Tuesday, September 15 at 1pm EST.  To qualify for Self-Study credit you must review the webinar recording and all related materials. Attorneys needing CLE credit from states outside of California are welcome to apply to their jurisdictions on their own. Upon request, BIO will provide you with any necessary materials required to apply with your individual state CLE Boards.

Sponsor A Webinar Episode

Gain more exposure for your company among the Biotech Intellectual Property community! Contact the BIO Sales & Sponsorship team to learn more about sponsoring an upcoming webinar episode! 

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