Myriad Webinar

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Myriad and Other Biotech Judicial Opinions:
Their Impact on Patentability of Software, Computer- Implemented Methods and High Tech

Thursday, December 12, 2013

8:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. Eastern
4:00 p.m. UK/5:00 p.m. CET this upcoming webinar, produced by the ITechLaw Intellectual Property Committee, speakers Stephen John Weyer of Stites & Harbison PLLC and Alvin Fashu-Kanu of Seyfarth Shaw LLP  will discuss recent U.S. judicial decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court in the biotechnology arts and explore their impact on software, computer implemented methods and high tech patents. 

They will examine the basis and rationale for these decisions, including the U.S. prohibition against patenting 1) laws of nature, 2) natural principles and 3) abstract ideas, and consider their relevance to determining patent eligibility of software and computer-implemented methods.  The webinar will explore how patent subject matter eligibility of biotechnology (processes and compositions) is applicable to determining patent subject matter eligibility of software, computer-implemented methods and the like.

This webinar is complimentary for all ITechLaw members.

There is a $35.00 fee for non-member registration.

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Stephen J. Weyer
Counsel, Stites & Harbison PLLC; Alexandria, VA

Steve Weyer is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group.  A Registered Patent Attorney and trained as a biochemist, Mr. Weyer has diverse experience in patent prosecution, including cases involving computer-implemented inventions including software, the biotechnological and chemical arts, and clean technology, as well as intellectual property litigation and opinion work.

Mr. Weyer worked as a Molecular Biology Research Assistant at the University of Buffalo and was also the Director of Operations and an advanced E.M.T. at Baird Point Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.

Mr. Weyer is the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), Substantive Law Committee, Vice Chairman.  He is a member of the American Chemical Society, including its division of biochemical technology (BIOT).  Mr. Weyer is active in the civic projects of the University of Dayton Alumni Association, Washington, D.C., Chapter and the University of Buffalo.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Program in Law and Technology at the University of Dayton Law School. 

Mr. Weyer writes and speaks on various intellectual property topics and the creator and co-writer of the IP blog, OP-IP Law (  He also teaches business law through University of Phoenix (online and traditional classroom).

Alvin “Yandie” Fashu-Kanu, Esq.
Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Fashu-Kanu is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Fashu-Kanu focuses his practice on preparation and prosecution of foreign and U.S. patent applications relating to telecommunications, optical devices, and computer networks, digital and analog circuits, semiconductor technology, medical devices, mechanical devices, computer software, computer security and clean technology. He counsels his clients in all aspects of intellectual property related matters, including patentability, infringement and due diligence investigations.

  • J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center (2006)
  • M.S., Syracuse University (2003)
  • B.S., California Polytechnic State University, Pomona (1998)

About the Intellectual Property Committee
As developed and developing economies become ever more reliant on the creation and use of technology, increasingly complex and controversial cross border intellectual property issues arise which demand resolution. The ITechLaw Intellectual Property Law Committee encourages members to identify these issues, debate them and attempt to find ways to resolve them. The Committee is chaired by Robert Milligan of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Joren De Wachter of Integrating IP, Technology & Business Models, and vice-chaired by Stephen Weyer of Stites & Harbison PLLC, Michael Isler of Wenger Plattner, and Stephen Huggins of Dentons LLP.