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HTS Startups Subcommittee webinar: Patent Pledges
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HTS- Start ups webinar: Patent Pledges

 Export to Your Calendar 9/28/2020
When: Monday, September 28, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Terracia King

Online registration is available until: 9/28/2020
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Start ups 


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Patent Pledges

Monday September 28, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern Time
11:00 am- 12:00 pm Central Time
10:00 am- 11:00 pm Mountain Time
9:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific Time


Patent pledges are voluntary commitments made by patent holders to refrain from exercising some or all of the exclusive rights arising from their patents. This session will explore the history, legal theory and motivation behind some well-known patent pledges, with a focus on the recent Open COVID Pledge that has been made by some of the world's largest patent holders. Topics to be covered include enforceability, scope, duration and execution of these pledges and related licensing agreements, as well as alternatives such as patent pools and technology access programs.

Learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the concept of patent pledges
  • The scope of patent pledges and how they are executed
  • How patent pledges are enforced
  • Relationships between patent pledges and licensing agreements



Jorge L. Contreras teaches in the areas of intellectual property law, property law and genetics and the law. He has recently been named one of the University of Utah's Presidential Scholars, and won the 2018-19 Faculty Scholarship Award from the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Professor Contreras has previously served on the law faculties of American University Washington College of Law and Washington University in St. Louis, and was a partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he practiced transactional and intellectual property law in Boston, London and Washington DC.

Professor Contreras’s current research focuses, among other things, on the development of technical standards and the use and dissemination of data generated by large-scale scientific research projects. He has edited six books and published more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters.

 (must register by Sunday, September 27th)

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