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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thinkers & Doers: Feb. 19, 2014

Professor Robin Feldman, Dr. Robert Lustig (MSL '13), Gary Watt '97, Karen Carrera '92, 3L Jill Harris, 3L Patti Lin, 3L Amanda Hamilton.
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Professor Robin Feldman testifies before Congress.

Robin Feldman

Professor Robin Feldman’s latest research and predictions on patent trolling in the biotech sector was featured in The Recorder. Her paper with Harvard Fellow Dr. Nicholson Price predicts that biopharmaceutical companies will become a growing target of patent monetizers.

"Our suspicions were borne out—we found many patents that could potentially provide the basis for a suit by monetizers against the biopharmaceutical industry, or at least bargaining leverage," the study said. "The ease with which we found potentially relevant patents inevitably raises the question: if these patents are around and threatening, why hasn't the industry found and dealt with them?" Read more here.

Their study was also highlighted in Law Technology News “Tech Circuit: Spies & Trolls Edition.” Read that piece here.

Price blogged about the study for Harvard Law. You can read his post here.

Other media hits include: Patent Planet, Intellectual Asset Management, and @PatentScholar.

Additionally, Feldman’s work and her impact on patent reform was featured in Corporate Counsel magazine. A recent piece summarized the impact of her April 2013 study analyzing all patent litigations from 2007-2009 and 2011-2012. The study found that NPE-filed cases represented 58.7 percent of all patent cases filed in 2012, as compared to only 24.6 percent in 2007. (Robin Feldman et al., “The AIA 500 Expanded: The Effects of Patent Monetization Entities.”)

“Although that study attributed some of the increase to new joinder rules under the America Invents Act (AIA), there is no debate that NPE patent litigation has been and remains on the rise.” Read more here.

Robert Lustig

Dr. Robert Lustig (MSL ’13) has published a new book, “The Fat Chance Cookbook,” which was featured in this week’s “Well” column in the New York Times. The article talks about his work as America’s “anti-sugar guy” preaching that “a calorie is not a calorie.”

The piece includes a Q&A and Lustig’s recipe for Polenta Patties with Sauteed Greens, Poached Eggs, and Roma Tomatoes and Basil Salsa. Column here. Recipe here.

Great to see the MSL next to Lustig's MD on the cover!

Gary Watt

Gary WattGary Watt ’97 was featured on Southern California Public Radio, KPCC 89.3 about a case before the California Supreme Court. The court will soon decide whether party hosts can be held responsible in alcohol suits. The case follows the death of an inebriated 19-year-old student, who was hit and killed by a drunk driver after a house party. Listen to the program here.

Karen Carrera, Jill Harris, Patti Lin, Amanda Hamilton

UC Hastings won third place out of 12 teams at this year’s ABA Client Counseling Competition. The team consisted of 3L Jill Harris and 3L Patti Lin, with 3L Amanda Hamilton as alternate. The topic for this year’s competition was First Amendment Law.

Karen C. Carrera ’92, a team coach and adjunct faculty member, wrote: “This is a difficult competition because during the five consultations with five different clients, the topic of the consultations could fall within any area of First Amendment Law. After four consultations on Saturday, the UC Hastings students were in first place, then competed in one final round on Sunday."

"The judges complimented the UC Hastings students, telling them they had great rapport with the clients, showed empathy and concern for the clients’ situation, and did a great job summarizing the applicable law.”

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--Feb. 19, 2014

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