STC.UNM hosts its 2015 Spring Seminar Series with Christopher D. Gram discussing “Patent Eligibility of ‘Natural Product’ Inventions: How to tell if your invention is markedly different than nature.” Gram discusses natural product inventions and what is needed for the invention to be eligible for U.S. patent protection on Tuesday, April 21 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Science and Technology Park Auditorium.

The seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required.

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's claims to the contrary, its 2013 decision in Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics changed the law of patent-eligible subject matter. In December 2014, the USPTO issued guidelines instructing examiners on determining whether an invention is eligible for patent protection.

Gram received his B.A. from Yale University, his M.S. in Cell and Developmental Biology and J.D. from University of Minnesota. Gram is a patent attorney practicing in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, immunology, peptide and nucleic acid technologies, and medical devices. Gram has also worked as in-house intellectual property counsel for 3M.