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NYC LOCAL: Monday 12 March 2007 Cardozo Law School: James Boyle on Synth

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Monday 12 March 2007 Cardozo Law School: James Boyle on Synthetic Biology and Patent Law
Date: 12 Mar 2007 00:44:16 -0400

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 Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 12:23:00 -0400
 From: "Fred Benenson" <>
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 Subject: [free-culture] James Boyle @ Cardozo

 Free Culture @ NYU,

   Free culture friend, public domain scholar and Duke Law
 professor Jamie Boyle will giving a talk at Cardozo Law School
 tomorrow and he wanted me to invite you:

 *Synthetic Biology The Perfect Storm for Patent Law?

 Monday, March 12, 2007, 6:00 p.m.

 *Cardozo's Intellectual Property Law Program welcomes James
 Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke University,
 as this year's annual distinguished lecturer. The talk will be
 held in the Moot Court Room followed by a reception in the lobby.


 The two defining technologies of the last 30 years are
 biotechnology and the networked computer.  In both areas, there
 has been criticism of the way that intellectual property
 policy, specifically patent law, has adapted.  Critics have
 charged that the recent business method and software patent
 decisions have eroded patent law's traditional insistence on
 leaving algorithms and ideas in the public domain.  In the
 world of biotechnology, expansive gene patents and low standards
 of obviousness have also been the subject of extensive critique.
 In this talk, Professor Boyle will discuss the relevance of those
 criticisms to an emerging field, synthetic biology, which has
 elements of both software and genetic engineering.  Will this be
 the place in which the critics are proven wrong, or the perfect
 storm for patent law, combining the worst of its tendencies in
 both software and biotechnology?

 And don't forget:

 Free Culture @ NYU and Information Law Institute Student Association
 A Round Table Discussion with Ray Beckerman
 of Recording Industry v. The People
 6:45pm March 22nd 2007
 Room 324 in Furman Hall
 Sullivan b/w Wash. Square South and W. 3d Street

 Have a good spring break!

 Fred Benenson
 President, Free Culture @ NYU

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