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World Health as it Intersects With IP Law is Symposium Topic at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Science and the law interact in key ways in health care, from drug patents to how trade agreements affect access to medicine. A daylong symposium Nov. 8, 2013, presented by the online legal journal Review of Intellectual Property Law at The John Marshall Law School will feature experts from around the world tackling these topics and more.

Specialists in intellectual property (IP) law will examine issues influencing health care both in the United States and around the world. At the “The Intersection of IP and Public Health” program, they will offer insights into whether stronger protections of IP rights can spur and reward innovation, or if a relaxation of protections can promote access.

Attorney Kevin Noonan, a partner at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and founding author of the blog Patent Doc, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

Guest presenters for the sessions from 9:15 a.m. through noon will be:

  • Adam Houston, Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, “A Scientific Approach to IP: Innovation, Access, and a Forgotten Corner of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
  • Assistant Professor Yaniv Heled, Georgia State University College of Law, “Regulatory Competitive Shelters in the Regulation of Biomedical Technologies”
  • Professor Shubha Ghosh, University of Wisconsin Law School, “Patenting Identities: The Other Side of Myriad”
  • Professor Cynthia Ho, director of the IP and Technology Program at Loyola University Chicago Law School, “Drugged Out: How Cognitive Bias Hurts Drug Innovation”

Guest presenters for the sessions from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. will address international issues:

  • Saby Ghoshray, president of Interdisciplinary Studies and vice president for Development and Compliance at World Compliance Company, “Social Justice Meets Property Law: Realigning Patent Law’s Asymmetric Contour in Novartis v. Union of India & Others”
  • Professor James Chen, Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law, Michigan State University College of Law, “Pinwheel of Fortune”
  • David C. Babaian of Quorum Review Inc., “Adopting Pharmacogenomics and Parenting Repurposed Molecules under the Orphan Drug Act: A Cost Dilemma”
  • Nancy Pei of Canada’s Smart & Biggar Fetherstonhaugh law firm, “Patenting Drugs in Canada: Differences and Dividing Lines North and South of the Border”
  • Bashar Malkawi, “Analyzing Trade Agreements' Effects on Access to Medicine in Jordan”
  • Ganiyou Gassikia, LLM student, The John Marshall Law School, “Implementing and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights In West Africa”

There is a $50 fee for this program. Attorneys can earn approximately 5.75 CLE credits. Registrations are being accepted at

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.

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