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A Special Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Conference on
Patenting in the Life Sciences

Genes & Diagnostics:
A Myriad of Issues in Biotech IP
March 10 - 13, 2013

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2013

Salim Mamajiwalla, In(sci)te IP, Markham, Canada
Rochelle K. Seide, RKS Consulting, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

We are pleased to announce a special Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory conference on Patenting in the Life Sciences, which for its first iteration will focus on issues surrounding the patenting of genes and diagnostics. We anticipate that this will be the first in a regular series of special Cold Spring Harbor conferences addressing the relationship between intellectual property and the life sciences.

The conference will begin the evening of Sunday, March 10, and end at lunchtime on Wednesday, March 13. Ample time for extensive discussion, panel debates, and other networking opportunities will be included in the format of the conference.

Optional Pre-Conference Workshops
Sunday 3/10, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

IP 101
An introduction to intellectual property law aimed at scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors
Presented by Tom Irving, Finnegan Henderson LLP, Washington, D.C.

Biotechnology 101
An overview of recent results, technologies, and experimental techniques in biology aimed at patent practioners, venture capitalists, and investors
Presented by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists
Topics covered in the workshop will include: RNA interference (RNAi), pre-clinical mouse models of cancer, biomarker discovery in cancer and schizophrenia, efficacy testing of cancer therapies, live-imaging approaches for studying tumor biology, serial two-photon tomography for whole-brain imaging, and single-cell RNA sequencing.

Opening Remarks, Overview, and Keynote Speaker
Sunday 3/10, 7:30 p.m.

Keynote address to be given by Timothy Caulfield, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Title: "Reexamining the promise and perils of personalized medicine: Patents and beyond"

Patenting Genes & Diagnostics: The Judiciary's View
Monday 3/11, 9:00 a.m.

Honourable Ian Binnie, Lenczner Slaght LLP, Toronto Canada
Honourable Mr. Justice Sir Richard Arnold, High Court Patents, England & Wales
Honourable Judge Paul Michel, Former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the U.S. Federal Circuit

A Global Perspective on Patentable Subject Matter, Patentability, Validity, and Enforceability
Monday 3/11, 1:00 p.m.

Laura Coruzzi, Jones Day, New York
Jennifer Gordon, Baker Botts LLP, New York
Malathi Lakshmikumaran, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys, New Delhi, India
Lisa Taliadoros, Jones Day, Sydney, Australia
Micheline Gravelle, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto, Canada
Friederike Stolzenburg, Vossius & Partner, Munich, Germany

Patenting & Biotechnology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Monday 3/11, 7:30 p.m.

Jan Witkowski, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Pavel Osten, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Certerra, Inc.
Prem Premsrirut, Mirimus, Inc.

Are Gene & Diagnostic Patents a Help or Hindrance to Industry?
Tuesday 3/12, 9:00 a.m.

Katherine Strandburg, New York University School of Law
Michele Wales, VP of Litigation and Intellectual Property, Human Genome Sciences, Rockville, Maryland
John T. Aquino, Legal Editor, Life Sciences Law Industry Report, Bloomberg BNA
Jennifer Elliott, Genentech, South San Francisco, California
Ben Jackson, Myriad Genetics, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Impact of Prometheus on Personalized Medicine
Tuesday 3/12, 2:00 p.m.

Blair Taylor, Roche Medical Diagnostics
Warren Woessner, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kathleen Determann, Genomic Health Inc., Redwood City, California
Jeffrey Peterson, Target Discovery Inc., Palo Alto, California

Patenting Genes & Diagnostics: Policy and Ethics
Wednesday 3/13, 9:00 a.m.

David Resnik, NIH National Institute of Enviromental Health Sciences
Arti K. Rai, Duke Law School, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy
Richard Gold, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Hans Sauer, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Washington, D.C.
Daniel Kevles, Department of History, Yale University

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in March.

This conference is generously supported in part by:

Regular Package $1750
No-Housing Package $1250
Regular Package and One Workshop $1800
No-Housing Package and One Workshop $1300

Student Rates
Regular Package $875
No-Housing Package $625
Regular Package and One Workshop $900
No-Housing Package and One Workshop $650

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Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, coffee breaks, cocktail receptions, and a lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due no later than March 10, 2013.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, or any other matters may be directed to Katherine Bradley (




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