MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834,
The Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University
will again draw industry leaders, attorneys, academics and scientists to its
second Summer Institute in Intellectual Property, Biotechnology and
Agricultural Sciences on June 1-2.
The event will be held at the Law School’s Neal and Bea
Smith Law Center Courtroom, 2400 University Ave.
This event, which takes advantage of Drake’s strategic
location in what some have called the “Silicon Valley” of
agricultural biotechnology, features presentations on the latest developments
and research in the area.
Presenters include leading biotechnology experts from
across the United States, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United
Kingdom. Among the topics covered are traditional farming, synthetic biology,
biofuel, food production, regulation of biologics, biosafety and related
“Every year, we bring to Central Iowa a group of
internationally-recognized experts from around the world to explore issues that
are of great importance to the agricultural biotechnology industry,” said
Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law and founding
director of the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center.
“This year, we’ll focus on biotechnology issues as
they relate to intellectual property protection and global development,”
Yu added. “We’ll also explore challenges that are emerging on the
frontlines, thanks in no small part to the tremendous support we’ve received
from Drake law graduates working in the field.”
The summer institute was made possible by a leadership
gift from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont.
The Intellectual Property Group Leader of Pioneer — Daniel Cosgrove — and the general counsel of Stine Seed Co. — Joseph Saluri — will speak on the opening panel. Both of
them are graduates from Drake University Law School.
Established in fall 2007, the Drake Intellectual Property
Law Center offers an innovative curriculum, providing students with a solid
foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of intellectual
property law. The center also serves as an international hub for research and
education in the intellectual property area. Most recently, the U.S. News and
World Reports ranks the center among the top 25 intellectual property law
programs in the United States.
The conference program and a list of participants are
available online.The registration fee is $200, which includes lunch and coffee breaks. The fee
is waived for Drake faculty and students.