Francis leads Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association

University of Utah professor Leslie Francis made history this year as the first academic from the state in 75 years to receive what many consider to be the highest academic honor in the field of philosophy. Francis was elected president of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association. Selection as one of the APA’s […]

Spotlight: Bench to Bedside Competition Night

By Austen Paulsen for This year, the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) hosted the 6th annual Bench to Bedside competition on Monday, April 4th.  As patent law fellows for the CMI, Thomas Woodland, Dave Duncan and I worked with many of the competitors, explaining the process of obtaining patent protection on […]

Brown submits comment on CMS proposed rule-making

Professor Teneille Brown submitted a comment on CMS proposed rule-making related to Medicare reimbursement for Part B drugs. Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences fellows Kendra Brown (Class of 2017) and Anikka Hoidal (Class of 2017) provided valuable research assistance. Professor Brown’s comment relates to her research in Denying Death, published recently by the Arizona Law Review. […]

Utah Enacts the Nonpatient Cause of Action

  By Kendra Brown for In the 2016 general session, the Utah Legislature enacted the Nonpatient Cause of Action.[1] This statute recognizes a special legal relationship between healthcare providers and nonpatients in negligence claims.[2] In other words, a person does not need to establish a physician-patient relationship to bring a negligence claim against healthcare […]

Contreras to speak in New York and Washington

Professor Contreras will be speaking in New York and Washington this week.  On Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016, he will speak at PLI’s 10th Annual Patent Law Institute in New York on the topic of Internet Standards and how standardization in the Internet domain has remained relatively free from the patent disputes and litigation that have […]

Pre-Competitive Collaboration in the Biopharma Industry

by Jorge Contreras for As costs rise and concerns grow about the pace of pharmaceutical innovation, both federal agencies and industry participants have turned to new forms of collaboration to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of biomedical research. Industry participants, many of them competitors, come together to define joint research and development objectives and […]

Genetic Discrimination: Why We Should Expand GINA

By Anikka Hoidal for The Department of Justice recently filed an amicus brief in a case plaintiffs, the Chadams, are appealing to the Ninth Circuit.[1] The case involves the Chadams’ school-aged child who was required to change schools because he was a carrier of a genetic marker for cystic fibrosis.[2] A teacher disclosed the child’s […]

LABS Precision Medicine event raises awareness of cancer research at the U

In the March 22, 2016 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, the Precision Medicine event hosted by the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences was cited as important to raising the U’s profile in the fight against cancer. In the story titled, “Will Pulitzer winner’s visit help U. raise its […]

USPTO visits the S.J. Quinney College of Law

By Thomas Woodland for On Friday, March 4, 2016, judges from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) visited the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. The visit was part of a partnership between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and […]

Contreras speaking at LeadershIP conference

On March 18, Prof. Contreras will be speaking at the LeadershIP conference in Washington, DC on the subject of patent royalty damages.  This issue has been hotly contested in numerous recent cases and Prof Contreras has been involved in a range of academic and policy-based initiatives to bring greater clarity to this area of the […]