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Reichman co-authors book on designing a microbial research commons

Jerome Reichman’s latest book, Governing Digitally Integrated Genetic Resources, Data, and Literature: Global Intellectual Property Strategies for a Redesigned Microbial Research Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examines how scientists share collections of microbes and related data to advance research in such areas as medicine, agriculture, and climate change, and how current systems for facilitating that transnational exchange can — and should — be improved.

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Patent Quality Conferences

Center for Innovation Policy logoOver the past seven years, the U.S. Patent Trademark Office (PTO) has made patent quality a major priority by launching initiatives and taking executive action to reduce application pendency, bolster examiner training, increase clarity of the record, enhance transparency, and calibrate examiner incentives, among other steps. Duke Law's Center for Innovation Policy and the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute co-hosted two conferences for policy-makers, academics, and stakeholders to reflect as a community on what has gone well, what has been learned, and what potential next steps, policies, and procedures the PTO might consider for ensuring U.S. patents are of the highest quality.

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    Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law

    Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and co-Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy, is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property (IP) law, administrative law, and health policy. Rai has also taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania law schools.  Her research on IP law and policy in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and software has been funded by NIH, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. She has published over 50 articles, essays, and book chapters on IP law, administrative law, and health policy.