Biotech Licensing & Litigation



SLN #: 87471
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 025
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Burns

Course Description:
This seminar will provide students with an extraordinary opportunity to engage in supervised independent legal research on legal issues involving biotechnology. Students may select a research topic of interest from among any of the many sub-fields of biotechnology including, but not limited to, genomics, proteinomics, genetic engineering, personalized medicine, utilization of bacteria, yeasts and other living organisms in connection with medical treatment, diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, sustainability/clean technology and many others. Students' research will culminate in an oral presentation to the class and a written paper that may satisfy the graduation writing requirement upon approval of the instructor and full-time faculty member. In addition to oral presentations, students will explore in class best practices in drafting licenses and other biotechnology-related agreements and how biotechnology-related disputes are resolved through study of select examples of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases, license and other biotechnology-related contract litigation, and alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation.

Course materials: To be provided.

Evaluation of Course: Students will be graded on their oral presentation and research paper, with extra credit given for class participation and perfect attendance.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes, see course description
Participation Points: Yes, see course description
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Mandatory
Online Course Site: None