STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico's technology-transfer office, hosts a spring breakfast featuring Patent Attorney David Parker on June 3 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the auditorium, building 800 at the UNM Science and Technology Park located at 800 University Blvd. SE. The breakfast is designed to teach faculty members what they need to know about intellectual property.

Parker, a practicing patent attorney and former adjunct professor of IP law at the University of Texas at Austin, will present an in-depth review of current topics of interest in intellectual property procurement and enforcement. The presentation will include a detailed consideration of basic patenting principles that will be applied in the context of case studies and everyday examples.

The talk will also emphasize recent changes in the patent law (first-to-file) as well important and recent case law out of the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, including In re Bilsky, Mayo v. Prometheus, and Myriad Genetics. Also included will be an overview of how the USPTO is struggling with these issues and the effect this has on patent prosecution.

Parker attended UT Austin, and in 1976 obtained a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program with honors. After graduation from UT, Parker attended Baylor College of Medicine, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Genetic Engineering in 1981. His research centered on gene cloning and characterization, particularly with respect to the identification and characterization of genes that are mutated or amplified in cancer as compared to normal cells.

Parker served on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine with a joint appointment to the Bristol-Baylor Labs, a division of Bristol Laboratories. His laboratory was involved in research relating to the characterization of gene readouts in malignancies and genetic reprogramming of neoplastic cells.

Parker is a founding partner of a patent law firm specializing in life science technology, Parker Highlander PLLC. His practice includes patent licensing, litigation, and patent prosecution, particularly in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.

This lecture is part of STC.UNM’s spring seminar series. The seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required. Visit online registration or via email or phone through Denise Bissell at or (505) 272-7310.

Free parking is available in the parking garage directly west of Building 800, at the corner of Basehart and Bradbury Drive.

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