Discussion Panels

Outer Limits of Patentable Subject Matter

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 10:45 am Pound 107, Harvard Law School

What are the outer limits of patentable subject matter?  Can methods of doing business be patented?  Can legal strategies?  This panel of distinguished scholars and practitioners will debate whether current legal standards can or should support the extension of patentability into this realm./p>


Arti Rai, Hieken Visiting Professor of Patent Law, Harvard Law School; Professor of Law, Duke Law School


  • Dennis Crouch, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
  • Dana Irwin, Assistant Professor of Law, Drexel University College of Law
  • Andrew Schwartz, Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz    

Funding Innovation: What is the Government's Role in Stem Cell Research?

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 3:15 pm Pound 107, Harvard Law School

What is (or should be) the government's role in funding scientific and medical innovation? This panel will discuss that question with a particular emphasis on stem cell research. The creation of new state-based research infrastructure in the wake of federal stem cell research funding decisions represents an interesting case study concerning the role of government at multiple levels in the funding innovation in a pluralistic society.


Dan Brock, Professor of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School


  • Tricia Brooks, Director of Government Relations, The Christopher Reeve Foundation
  • Sam Crowe, Policy Analyst, The President's Council on Bioethics
  • Glen Gaulton, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Heather Howard, Senior Policy Counsel to New Jersey Governor Corzine, Member of the Board of Managers: Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey
  • Mary Richards, Director of Government Relations for the Parkinson's Action Network