Cornell University

As part of the university's commitment to economic development and outreach, CTL hosts a variety of events to create connections between the Cornell campuses, industry members, entrepreneurs, and investors.

IP & Pizza™ The Fight Over What Subject Matter is Eligible for Patent Protection
February 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

102 Mann Library, Cornell Ithaca Campus


Open to: Cornell students, faculty, and staff, and anyone interested in learning about what is eligible for patent protection.


Historically, anything under the sun made by man has been considered eligible for patent protection. However, recent Supreme Court decisions and guidelines from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have reigned in what is considered made by man, creating new challenges to obtaining patents for nature-based therapeutics, personalized medicine, medical diagnostics, and other related technologies.

The Center for Technology Licensing and Carissa Childs, Attorney at Law, LeClairRyan, held a discussion to review these decisions and guidelines, and summarized the current trends in patent prosecution in these fields. Strategies for crafting applications and claims in these technological fields were also discussed.

Pizza, salad, and drinks were served.

View the presentation from the event.

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