James McEwen will be moderating a panel on The Impact of Stanford v. Roche on Private Party Transactions: Inventor Ownership and Government Rights Under Bayh-Dole in a webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association. The webinar will take place on September 28, 2011 at 1 PM Eastern Time. As described in the webinar description: The Bayh-Dole Act is often held up as one of the most important pieces of legislation governing patent rights. Resulting from collaborations between private institutions and the government, it is a model on which other countries have based their attempts to promote technology transfer between government and the private sector. In Stanford v. Roche, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit and found that Bayh-Dole could not be used by a university to claim ownership in a subject invention where the inventor had previously and validly assigned rights to a third party. However, this holding has left a myriad of unanswered questions as to inventor’s rights versus those of The Government under a government contract, as well as questions fundamental to how assignments are interpreted. This program will address the decision itself, the history of Bayh-Dole, the policy questions raised in the decision, and the practical consequences to both government and commercial contractors.
For additional information or how to sign up, please visit the webinar website at: http://apps.americanbar.org/cle/programs/t11tsv1.html