Professor Arti Rai testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee Oct. 24

October 23, 2007Duke Law News

Oct. 24, 2007 ― Professor Arti K. Rai testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Oct. 24. Rai addressed the issue of the role of federally-funded university research in the patent system. The hearing began at 1:30 p.m.

Rai is an expert in patent law, law and the biopharmaceutical industry, and health care regulation. Her current research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on intellectual property issues raised by collaborative research and development in areas ranging from synthetic biology to drug development. Her recent publications include "Who's Afraid of the APA? What the Patent System Can Learn from Administrative Law" 95 Georgetown Law Journal 269 (2007) (with Stuart Benjamin); "Open and Collaborative Research: A New Model for Biomedicine," in Intellectual Property Rights in Frontier Industries: Biotech and Software (AEI-Brookings Press, 2005; and "Finding Cures for Tropical Diseases: Is Open Source an Answer?" Public Library of Science: Medicine (2004) (with Stephen M. Maurer and Andrej Sali).

Professor Rai is available for interviews. To schedule an interview, contact Melinda Vaughn at (919) 613-7034 or

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