Impact of Changing IP Policy on the Innovation Ecosystem

April 10, 2023 5:30 pm

The Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign and the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP) hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the role that intellectual property law and policy play in supporting innovation and in the formation of new businesses that come from technological disruption. This is perhaps more relevant in the healthcare sector than in any other area of the economy. Many critical areas of patent law are extremely impactful and being hotly debated. For example, the extent to which medical devices and diagnostics are eligible for patent protection and the extent to which patent validity can be challenged after patents are granted. From a global policy perspective, at the World Trade Organization, countries are debating if and how IP rights should be extended to areas like COVID vaccines and therapeutics, and more recently climate technologies. The direction this debate takes will have profound impact on the venture-backed startup environment that is at the heart of Silicon Valley.

Monday, April 10, 2023
5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. PT

Stanford Investors Common, Schwab Residential Center
680 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Introductory Remarks:

  • Dr. Josh Makower, The Yock Family Professor, Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering, Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering, Director and Co-Founder, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign


  • Eb Bright, President & General Counsel, ExploraMed


  • Andrei Iancu, former USPTO Director and Co-Chair of C4IP
  • David J. Kappos, former USPTO Director and Co-Chair of C4IP
  • Suzanne Harrison, Chair Patent Public Advisory Committee and Founder of Percipience LLC
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