6 J. High Tech. L. i (2006)

handle is hein.journals/jhtl6 and id is 1 raw text is: Resolving Uncertainty in Biotechnology Patent Law: Foreword
to the Second Annual Journal of High Technology Law
Symposium
Andrew Beckerman-Rodaul & Michael L. Rustad2
Cite as: 6 J. High Tech L i.
On November 18, 2005, Suffolk University Law School's
Advanced Legal Studies program presented a conference entitled:
Safe Harbour/Experimental Use, Inherency, Obviousness, and
Utility: Resolving Uncertainty in Biotechnology Patent Law. The
conference was co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law
Concentration at Suffolk University Law School, the Boston Patent
Law Association, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C., and the
Journal of High Technology Law (JHTL). The conference brought
together distinguished patent attorneys, corporate counsel for
biotechnology companies, and officials from the United States Patent
and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.
As advisors to the JHTL and Directors of the Intellectual Property
Law Concentration at Suffolk University Law School, we are pleased
to introduce the Second Annual JHTL Symposium issue. The articles
in this issue, first presented at the above conference, are doctrinal,
policy-driven, and reform-minded. Together, they offer insightful
commentary on recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions
that affect both the patentability and the scope of protection afforded
biotechnology innovations.
The title of the symposium issue reflects the dilemmas faced by the
biotechnology industry in light of unclear messages from the federal
judiciary. The articles focus on important biotechnology patent law
issues such as the statutory safe harbor exemption, common law
experimental use, utility, written description, nonobviousness and
anticipation. This introduction will briefly review the four articles
comprising this Symposium issue.
1. Professor of Law & Co-Director of Intellectual Property Law Concentration,
Suffolk University Law School Boston, Massachusetts.
2. Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Professor of Law & Co-Director of Intellectual
Property Law Concentration, Suffolk University Law School, Boston,
Massachusetts.

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