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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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  • Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Center for the Study of the Public Domain

    Jenkins is a Clinical Professor of Law teaching intellectual property and Director of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain. She is co-author of Bound By Law, a comic book about copyright, fair use, and documentary film, and several short pieces on intellectual property issues.