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Friday January 28th, 2011

Exploring the Current Debate Over Patenting Life, Introduction

Raymond Ku, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Co-director, Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Friday January 28, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Sponsored by the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts – JOLTI (Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet) at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

The symposium addresses the ongoing legal debate that surrounds patents on potentially therapeutic biomedical technologies, including gene patents. The symposium considered how other disciplines, including bioethics and economics, might help to inform the development of novel laws addressing the unique issues arising from the debate. The symposium includes a lecture discussing the role patents have played in spurring the innovation of adult stem cell-based therapies, as well as a presentation on genetic testing and the impact patents have had on patient access to new biomedical technologies.

Additional Information About Our Guest…

Raymond Ku received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law where he was a Leonard Boudin First Amendment Fellow in the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, and his A.B. with Honors from Brown University where he was the recipient of the Philo Sherman Bennet Prize for the best political science thesis discussing the principles of free government. Professor Ku clerked for the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then practiced constitutional, intellectual property, and antitrust law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, and First mendment/media and intellectual property law with Levine Pierson Sullivan & Koch,
L.L.P., both in Washington, D.C. He has taught at Cornell Law School, Seton Hall University School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and St. Thomas University School of Law.

An internationally recognized scholar, Prof. Ku writes on legal issues impacting individual liberty, creativity, and technology. His articles appear in the law reviews and journals of Berkeley, Chicago, Fordham, Georgetown, Minnesota, Stanford, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin among others, and he is the lead author of the first casebook devoted exclusively to the study of cyberspace law. Prof. Ku was the 2009 recipient of the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Associationā€˜s Distinguished Teacher Award, and voted Professor of the Year by the graduating class of 2009.