Obtaining Patent Protection

9:30-11:00 AM ET | July 22, 2013 | Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel | Alexandria, VA

MBHB partner Kevin Noonan, Ph.D. and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D. are participating in this 90 minute BIO-hosted session, which takes place as part of the daylong IP & Diagnostics Symposium.

Session Details: Obtaining Patent Protection

The panel will discuss strategies for obtaining patent protection for diagnostic reagents and methods in light of recent decisions from the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit. The panel will provide views from in-house patent counsel, outside counsel and a representative from the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Donald Zuhn. Ph.D., McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Duane Marks, Patent Counsel, Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
Kevin Noonan, Ph.D., McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP 
Mary Till, Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent & Trademark Office 

MBHB is proud to be the official sponsor of the symposium.

Symposium Overview

BIO’s IP & Diagnostics Symposium (BIO IPDx) will review the current patent law landscape and evaluate the impact on both the genetic diagnostics and biopharmaceutical sectors. The program will review IP issues for both diagnostics generally and companion diagnostics. The program will also explore some of the potential regulatory dimensions. BIO aims to use this event to inform industry and government alike on how to move the science forward in the current climate.

Who Should Attend?

This event is primarily geared towards patent practitioners in the life sciences, both in-house and in private practice. In-house regulatory affairs staff, licensing professionals, business development executives and regulatory agency staff seeking to understand the special premarketing and intellectual property challenges in this area would likewise benefit.


Although there is no fee to register, space is limited and you must reserve your seat. To promote a diverse audience, BIO asks that each company/organization register no more than two (2) people. Exceptions will be made for government attendees. To register, please contact Caroline Arrington at carrington@bio.org or (202) 962-9228.