Chris Gallagher, one of the nation's top experts in U.S. policy affecting research universities, will speak on "Future changes for University Research and Commercialization: The Impact of the America Invents Act and Recent Court Cases."  Gallagher will speak about legislative and case law changes that will affect the University of New Mexico's research and commercialization activities on Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of UNM's Science & Technology Park located at 800 Bradbury Drive SE.

On Sept. 16, 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), also called the Patent Reform Act of 2011, was enacted into law. It has a number of changes to current patent law, which are being phased in through 2013.

Just before the passage of the AIA, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the Stanford v. Roche case, regarding title to patents resulting from federally-sponsored research. As a result, many universities are changing policies to address the questions raised by this decision.

Gallagher will discuss the impacts of these changes for university research commercialization. He will also address the changing landscape in Washington D.C., and how it is impacting public policy for research universities.

To attend, RSVP in the subject line, "commercialization seminar," to research@unm.edu.

For more information visit: University Research and Commercialization seminar.