For the past several years the Supreme Court has been getting deeply into the issue of what is and isn't patentable. The Court's decisions have covered biotechnology, medicine, and software-based inventions, and the result has been chaos in the Patent Office and the lower courts. This chaos directly affects patent lawyers, of course, but there are also significant implications for business lawyers trying to advise their clients on a day-to-day basis. This presentation will review the Supreme Court cases and the current, confused state of the law, and offer some suggestions about helping business clients negotiate the chaos.
John Conley, Robinson Bradshaw
John Conley is of counsel to Robinson Bradshaw. His practice focuses on advising clients and assisting them with strategic planning related to all aspects of intellectual property and privacy law, both in the United States and internationally. Many of John's recent projects have involved companies, universities and organizations conducting health and other scientific research. He has frequently appeared as an expert witness on issues of intellectual property and legal procedure.
John is a William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practiced law in Boston and then joined Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte, focusing on intellectual property and civil litigation, before becoming a member of the UNC law faculty in 1983. John teaches intellectual property, biotechnology, scientific evidence and civil procedure.
John publishes and lectures widely on such topics as intellectual property law as applied to emerging technologies, the anthropological and linguistic study of the American legal system, and the culture of business and finance. To view a list of publications, click here.
The views and opinions are not necessarily those of the 26th Judicial District Bar.
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