Biotech Patent Law Focus of IP Symposium

Virginia law professor Margo BagleyLaw professor Margo A. Bagley will give a lecture on biotech patent law during the next program in the Scholarly Symposia Series on Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law on Thursday, Oct. 4, in Keller Hall.

Bagley’s presentation, “Biotech Patent Subject Matter Eligibility in the U.S. and Europe: A Moving Target?” begins at 7 p.m. The talk will be preceded by a reception, with hearty appetizers and cocktails, at 6 p.m.

Bagley will discuss biotech patent law in the U.S. and Europe, examining recent cases and the continuing controversies in this area. She will also compare biotech patent laws from various countries that demonstrate the enduring and global nature of biotech patenting concerns.

The program is presented by the School of Law’s Program in Law and Technology and the Intellectual Property Law Society and is sponsored by the law firm Porter Wright through the Hubert A. and Gladys C. Estabrook Charitable Trust.

Bagley teaches courses on patent law, international and comparative patent law and intellectual property at the University of Virginia School of Law. Previously, she has taught at Emory University School of Law. She has also served as a visiting professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law and at the University of Virginia School of Law, and has taught international patent law and policy courses in Germany, China and Singapore.

Prior to teaching, Bagley worked as an associate with Smith, Gambrell & Russell and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

She has worked in products research and development with Procter & Gamble, where she was named “Food Product Development Excellence Rookie of the Year” and was co-inventor on a U.S. patent for improved peanut butter. She also worked as a senior research analyst for the Coca-Cola Company.

She received her J.D. in 1996 from Emory, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow.

Registration Information

Register online now or contact Nan Holler-Potter at 937-229-4676 or by email.  

One and a half CLE credit hours are being offered for this symposium for a fee of $50. The deadline to register is Sept. 27.