Patents and the Global Health Crisis

Professor William Fisher tel aviv university

Professor William Fisher of Harvard Law School is giving the Sixth Annual Cegla Lecture on Legal Theory, entitled “Infection: The Health Crisis in the Developing World and What We Should Do About It“. The lecture will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2013 between 6 PM and 8 PM (18:00 and 20:00 for those that prefer the 24 hour convention).

The event will take pace in Tel Aviv University, the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Trubowitz Building, Somia Kossoy Conference Room, Room 207 on the third floor.


Professor Michael Birnhack who is chairing the event refers to Professor William Fisher as Terry Fisher. He also claims that the lecture will deal with patents and the global health crisis.  The title and identity of the speaker therefore seem to be somewhat misleading!

That said, I have no doubt that Professors at Harvard Law School who get flown in to give an annual lecture are well worth listening to. I therefore hope that my readers on both sides of the patented medicine – generic debate (which, form feedback I receive seems to include many of the industrialists, patent attorneys and litigators) will come along to listen – and will behave themselves, i.e. polite heckling only, no rotten fruit.


Categories: Academia, Intellectual Property, patent term extensions, Patents, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Teva

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