Intellectual Property

Careers in Genetics: Technology Transfer Associate

Careers in Genetics: Technology Transfer Associate

Technology Transfer Associates assist with the licensing and commercialization of patented technology, a function downstream of patent agents, who identify patentable technologies and obtain patents. Those working in technology transfer typically work at universities, hospitals, or other research institutions. They rely on technical expertise as well as business sense to match patented technologies with industry... Read More

Careers in Genetics: Patent Agent

Careers in Genetics: Patent Agent

Patent Agents assess the patentability of new technologies, processes, and treatments, and help researchers write and obtain patents.  These professionals must register with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by passing a bar examination. Unlike patent attorneys, patent agents do not need a law degree, but also cannot represent clients in court cases. Patent agents typically... Read More

Opposing Gene Patenting

Opposing Gene Patenting

A draft bill introduced in May 2019 sought to reform Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Act. If passed, the legislation would allow for the patenting of genes by effectively overturning the 2013 Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) vs. Myriad Supreme Court decision. Related: Joint Letter from ASHG and ACMG Leadership to Bill Sponsors (July... Read More

Career Interview: Thomas Morgan, MD

Career Interview: Thomas Morgan, MD

Head of Human Disease Genetics Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research ASHG: What are the biggest challenges you encountered when acclimating to the pace and demands of industry? What skills do you wish you had worked on in advance? Dr. Morgan: Working in pharma requires a broad knowledge base and the flexibility to change from one focus to... Read More

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